Manchester City to 'enter race' for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde

Manchester City to ‘enter race’ for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, sparking bidding war with Chelsea and Barcelona for his signature… but a deal could hinge on the Blues’ pursuit of Nathan Ake and Matthijs de Ligt

  • Manchester City are to enter the race for the signature of Sevilla’s Jules Kounde
  • City’s interest in Kounde could depend on a Chelsea swoop for Nathan Ake
  • Chelsea and Barcelona are also monitoring Kounde among other transfer targets
  • Sevilla are anticipating a bidding war between Premier League heavyweights 

Manchester City are set to enter the race for highly-rated Sevilla defender Jules Kounde but any deal for the France international could be dependent on Chelsea landing their other transfer targets this summer.

City boss Pep Guardiola is an admirer of Kounde and would be tempted to move for the 23-year-old according to Mundo Deportivo.

Chelsea and Barcelona have also been long-term suitors of the Frenchman with the west London side coming close to acquiring Kounde last summer before the deal collapsed shortly before the deadline.

Jules Kounde’s sparkling displays for Sevilla have caught the eye of Man City and Chelsea

Despite continuing to keep tabs on the Sevilla ace, Chelsea have appeared to turn their attentions elsewhere with Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt on the club’s radar but it is Chelsea’s pursuit of Nathan Ake that could pave the way for City to enter the race for Kounde.

Should Chelsea be successful in their pursuit of Ake, City boss Pep Guardiola will have a hole to fill in his defence and has pinpointed Kounde as Ake’s successor.

But City may not have a clear run at Kounde as Chelsea could still look to swoop for the defender, should their efforts to lure De Ligt to Stamford Bridge prove unsuccessful.

With German champions Bayern Munich also in the running for De Ligt, it appears that whichever team misses out on the Dutchman view Kounde as an ideal back-up option.

Sevilla are hoping to spark a bidding war for Kounde who looks set for a move away from Spain

Kounde’s  excellent form has earned him 11 caps for Didier Deschamps’ French national squad

Barcelona are also in the running for Kounde with the future of Gerard Pique far from certain but would find it difficult going head to head against the financial muscle of City and Chelsea.

An impending bidding war is good news for Sevilla who will look to sell their prized asset to the highest bidder.

The La Liga side will hope to claim a monstrous fee for the 23-year-old to reinvest back into the squad after selling defender Diego Carlos to Aston Villa for £26 million earlier in the transfer window.

Kounde joined Sevilla from French club Bordeaux in 2019 and has made 95 appearances for the Andalusian outfit, scoring five times. 

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