Newcastle United have been linked with a summer swoop for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
According to a recent report from Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness), the Magpies have joined the likes of Barcelona and fellow Premier League side Chelsea in the race to sign the centre-back this summer.
The player has a release clause of €90m (£76.7m) but Seville may well settle for a fee of around €70m (£60m).
Having joined Sevilla in a deal worth €25m (£21.3m), the 23-year-old has gone on to make 133 appearances for the La Liga club across all competitions, chipping in with nine goals and three assists in the process.
This season saw the centre-back make 32 league appearances for his current club in which he showed how much of a capable defender he is.
In those appearances, Kounde racked up more interceptions (55) than any other Sevilla player, as well as the second-highest number of clearances (114) in addition to the 41 blocks he made and the 22 tackles he won.
Labelled as a “sensational” player by journalist Marcus Bring, it highlights just how highly rated he is at his club, who won’t be letting him go on the cheap this summer.
Despite the difference in height, age and the amount of experience of playing in English football, the Sevilla defender could well be Newcastle’s next version of Dan Burn in terms of the impact he could have on the Toon after his arrival in the previous January transfer window.
Even though he’s still fairly young, the France international has shown that he could be capable of becoming a solid Premier League defender almost instantly, giving the Toon the chance to replicate a similar sort of masterclass they pulled off back in the winter.
Having had the experience of playing against Premier League clubs such as Chelsea in the Champions League as well as West Ham United, Wolves and Manchester United in the Europa League, he will already have an idea of what it’s like to face some of England’s top sides.