Sevilla have reportedly turned down an informal bid from Manchester United for Jules Kounde, as per journalist Duncan Castles.
The La Liga side bought the Frenchman back in 2019 for €25 million from Bordeaux and had a decent debut season.
The 22-year-old performed exceptionally well in the 2020-21 season for Julian Lopetegui’s side. Thus, scoring two goals and assisting one time in 34 La Liga appearances. A successful season was rewarded with a call up to the French national team for the Euro 2020.
Following a great season with the Sevillastas Rojiblancos, the France international has attracted attention around Europe and Manchester United are one of them who are in search of a centre-back this summer.
Will Manchester United go for Kounde?
Speaking to the Transfer Window Podcast Duncan Castles said Manchester United failed to meet Sevilla’s demand for Jules Kounde. The Red Devils offered £38 million for the Frenchman and the offer was immediately rejected by the Spanish side as the offer was too low.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has prioritized a world-class centre-back this summer and Raphael Varane is reportedly the number one choice. Kounde and Pau Torres also linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Despite not tall in stature, Kounde is very good in the air and managed a 60% aerial dual success rate in La Liga last season. The France international is relatively quick and good in defending as well. The defender likes to make runs from the deep to help out in attack which have caused Sevilla last season as he found himself out of position at times.
Bringing in a world-class defender is a must for Solskjaer’s side and they should make the Varane deal as soon as possible after France is eliminated from European Championship. The Real Madrid man will complement Harry Maguire perfectly with his speed.
Kounde might be a decent alternative to Varane for Manchester United. However, he might not be a big upgrade from what the Red Devils already have. So, having turned down the contract extension with Real Madrid, United should go all out for the World champion.