Sevilla are confident of eventually selling Jules Kounde for over £70 million after rejecting a £50 million bid from Manchester City last summer, as reported by AS.
While Diego Carlos hogged most of the headlines during Sevilla’s latest Europa League triumph, his centre-back partner has since emerged as the most coveted player in Julen Lopetegui’s squad.
And no wonder.
While Carlos has a bit of a reckless streak, giving away penalties in the quarter-final, semi-final and final of the Europa League last term, Kounde remains a pillar of composure and consistency.
The Paris-born 22-year-old is blessed with superb reading of the game, a brilliant passing range and the strength of an ox.
He is also a threat at the other end too, channelling his inner-Diego Maradona en route to a wonderful individual goal during Sevilla’s 2-0 Copa del Rey triumph over Barcelona on Wednesday.
It is no secret that Manchester City offered £50 million for Kounde before the 2002/21 campaign kicked off.
90Min believe that Liverpool are interested too, although it remains to be seen if the Premier League champions make a move after landing Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak in January.
Sevilla, meanwhile, believe the France U21 star is destined to replace Wissam Ben-Yedder as the biggest sale in club history. The Andalusians are expecting to raise over £70 million eventually, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United all making their interest known.
“Yes, I spoke with Pep Guardiola. He had him on the telephone,” Kounde told Canal Football Club in November. “Everything went well. I was interested in going there and I had guarantees that I would play. But it didn’t happen.”
Given that City signed Ruben Dias from Benfica instead, few at the Etihad will be enduring too many sleepless nights as Kounde goes from strength to strength in Spain.