Report: Manchester United show serious interest in £59.7 million French professional defender

According to a report from Spanish publication Fichajes, Manchester United hold a strong interest in Sevilla and France defender Jules Kounde and may make an approach for him in the summer of next year.

Kounde came through the youth ranks at French club Bordeaux and made his move to Sevilla in the summer of 2019 where he has grown into one of the most coveted young centre-backs in Europe. In his very first season with Los Nervionenses, Kounde helped them to the UEFA Europa League title.

Kounde enjoyed another positive campaign last time out and his form for Sevilla led to a call-up to the France national team. He was part of the side that won the UEFA Nations League earlier this month.

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Manchester United strengthened their defensive unit in the summer transfer window with the signing of Kounde’s compatriot Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

With his addition, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has five senior defenders at his disposal in the form of captain Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones apart from Varane.

Now, Kounde too has emerged as a prospective target for the Red Devils to bolster their defensive ranks further next year.

Kounde’s contract with Sevilla runs till 2024. Considering that the La Liga outfit were insistent on Chelsea paying his release clause earlier this summer, their stance is unlikely to change next year should Manchester United make a push to sign him.

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