Man United in the battle to sign 22-year-old French centre-back

Man United appear to be in pole position in the pursuit of Jules Kounde. The Sevilla defender is destined for a move to the PL after the report suggests Real Madrid’s financial limitations in the upcoming summer transfer window could prohibit them from splashing the cash on the centre-back.

Although Real Madrid are desperate to secure the services of the talented centre-back, it appears they cannot sanction his €80m asking price, which could drop as low as €65m-€70m due to the pandemic that has drastically affected the overall valuations for footballers across Europe.

Unfortunately for La Liga club, they are likely to face difficulties forking out that amount of money for a centre-back, especially as they now shift their focus on two of the biggest prospects in world football in Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, who already has a bunch of options in the summer, including Red Devils.

Speaking of Man United, they are in the driver’s seat, in the race to sign Jules, thanks to Real Madrid’s financial struggles. It bodes well for the Norwegian boss, who is keen on signing a new defender in the summer, someone that can provide good competition for inconsistent defenders like Victor Lindelof and even club captain Harry Maguire.

Additionally, the Norwegian boss is perhaps bracing himself for the departure of Phil Jones. Even Eric Bailly’s future at the Theatre of Dreams is uncertain, with the defender unsure of his current role at the club and how it can change in the future.

The French centre-back’s ability to make driving runs with the ball from the back, combined with his dominance in the air and indeed in physical duels may even make him an upgrade over Lindelof.