Spanish journalist, Álvaro Montero, has told Sky Sports that reported Tottenham target, Jules Koundé, has aspirations to play for Real Madrid.
Tottenham want to sign the Sevilla centre-back this summer, but they face competition from Chelsea.
And Montero thinks the La Liga club could demand 70 million Euros or £59 million for defensive talents.
Real Madrid have just lost Raphael Varane to Manchester United, and despite only one month remaining before the transfer window slams shut, they may still want to replace the Premier League-bound player.
Whilst Montero didn’t rule out Madrid signing Kounde before August 31st’s deadline, he did share that it’s the 22-year-old’s ‘dream’ to line up at the Santiago Bernabeu one day.
“Now, they say it’s almost impossible (to replace Varane) because they don’t want to spend a lot of money,” said Montero.
“But as we say here in Spain ‘the summer is very long’, so let’s see what happens in August.
“If I had to bet for a player that Real Madrid likes then it’s Jules Kounde’s, the French guy from Sevilla.
“The player loves the idea of signing for Real Madrid. But Sevilla will ask almost 70 million Euros. I believe he will wait to play in the Premier League because he’s decided that his dream is to sign for Real Madrid.
“Let us see if this happens this summer. If not then I think it will go next year.”
It’s pretty clear that Tottenham need new faces in the centre-back department and that was apparent before their long-serving player, Toby Alderweireld, left yesterday.
With all this talk about Harry Kane wanting to leave, this is Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici’s chance to stick their chest out and prove to their star striker that they mean serious business.
Spurs have declined in dramatic fashion in recent years and losing Kane as they try to re-build would be a kick in the teeth for those supporting the club.
In truth, the Spurs fans wouldn’t blame Kane because he has been let down by the lack of ambition at the top that has resulted in the club going from Champions League finalists to the Europa Conference League.