The transfer rumours never stop where Manchester United are concerned, even with the window closed, barring domestic deals.
It is not long until the January window opens after all, and ESPN are already linking United with a move for Jules Kounde.
Kounde should be familiar, he played against United for Sevilla in the Europa League semi-final.
Jules Kounde: Factfile
1) Kounde is now in his second full season at Sevilla after a £22.4 million move from Bordeaux in 2019.
2) After making his Bordeaux debut aged 19 he made 70 first team appearances before making his move to La Liga.
3) Kounde turns 22 next month and has been an under-21 international for France. His first senior caps are only a matter of time.
4) Last season he made 34 starts for Sevilla and a further four appearances from the bench. He started the 3-2 Europa League final win over Inter Milan.
5) Whoscored.com reported Kounde had the second best pass accuracy of all players to start more than five Europa League players last season. He was also dribbled past by opponents just once.
What is his situation?
Kounde is under contract at Sevilla until 2024 and so the Spanish club are under no pressure to sell.
ESPN report Sevilla would be looking for a fee of around 65 million Euros (£59 million).
The report noted that City were interested this past summer, and had an initial bid turned down, but they did not want to pay the asking price as he had just one full season in Spain behind him.
Former club Bordeaux will receive nine million Euros from any future sale, GFFN report.
AS reported earlier this summer that Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is keen.
What they say about him
Sevilla’s statement upon securing Kounde’s signature labelled him, ‘one of the sensations of French football’.
Sevilla sporting director said proudly of Monchi last month, via Goal.com: “We said no to an offer that multiplied by two and a half times the amount that we paid last year for a player who was labelled as being expensive.”
Responding to speculation last month manager Julien Lopetegui told Marca: “Jules is our player, he is an important part of the team.”
Would he be a good signing?
United’s start to the season shows extra help is needed in central defence.
The next few months are big for the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly and even Teden Mengi to see if they can establish themselves in the first team.
Kounde is an outstanding talent who has risen to the challenge in both France and Spain early in his career, making more than 100 appearances at only 21.
£59 million is not much more than United paid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a player of a similar age, but there is a risk his price creeps up substantially.
He is already more costly than Dayot Upamecano, who has a cheaper release clause, and if Kounde breaks into the France team this season and stars at Euro 2021, Sevilla could demand closer to £70 million.
For that reason it may be sensible to move in January and get him before his price rises to the point he is too expensive.
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