Jules Kounde should be one of the most wanted central defenders on the European continent next summer. After another great season in the Sevilla jersey, which only confirmed that he is not just one of the "one-season wonder" Kounde is ready to take the next step in his career, which is why Sevilla decided to announce the price on which they would agree to.
It is a sum of 65,000,000 euros. In the modern era of football and big prices, it is not such high compensation for which, in his debut season for Sevilla, he reached a place in the ideal team of the Europa League and thus was one of the key factors in winning this competition.
He raised the quality to a higher level already this year, and it is almost impossible to imagine the team of Julien Lopetegui without him. He has played 47 games so far, scored four goals, and had one assist. Football critics say that his football knowledge and seriousness are far above the average player of 22 years.
The most influential newspaper in Andalusia and Seville, Estadio Deportivo, reports about the price that Nervion is now asking for. Interest in Kounde has increased in the last few months, and Manchester United stands out as the first candidate.
It is not the first time that United is brought into context with Kounde, with the fact that now the scouts of the Red Devils are more and more frequent guests of the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.
However, United are still considering whether to go for Kounde or not.
Allegedly, the club from Old Trafford is aware that the high price is a consequence not only of inflation but also of other, real sports factors that give Sevilla the right to set that price. Finally, there is Kounde's contract, which is valid until June 2024.
That is why United has options B and C, which are Kounde's compatriot and teammate from the young French national team Wesley Fofana, and Juventus' Cristian Romero on loan at Atalanta. He is the guy that the sports director of Sevilla, Monchi, wanted in his team last year, but he slipped through his fingers after Fofana received an invitation from Leicester, which he could not refuse.
Leicester City paid Saint Etienne 35,000,000 euros for Fofana, which Sevilla cannot afford. It doesn't even sound bad to United to bring Fofana to play with the captain Harry Maguire. Fofana is not only cheaper but as an English national team player, passed through the hands of Brendan Rodgers at King Power Stadium, where he is playing a great debut season in the Premier League. He collected 39 games in all competitions and recorded one assist.