Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their bid to bring Jules Kounde to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by Spanish publication AS (via Sport Witness), who claim that Sevilla must sell one of their star players in the summer transfer window if they wish to bring in additions of their own ahead of next season.
One player the report suggests who could be on his way out of the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium is Kounde, with Julen Lopetegui’s side thought to be asking for a fee of around €70m (£60m) in order to part with the centre-back.
Tottenham Hotspur are then mentioned as one of the clubs who are believed to be considering a move for the 22-year-old, with Daniel Levy said to be willing to offer around €60m (£51.5m) in a bid to land the defender.
That may sound like a boost but AS then claim that the player is not overly open to a switch to north London this summer, claiming he wants to take a bigger leap.
With Tottenham’s interest in signing a centre-back this summer being well documented, as well as their particular interest in Kounde, the fact that the France international does not appear keen on a move to Spurs this summer is sure to have left Daniel Levy fuming.
Indeed, considering the remarkable form the centre-back showed for Sevilla last season, it is easy to see why the Tottenham chairman would like to add Kounde to Nuno Espirito Santo’s options in the centre of defence.
Over his 34 La Liga appearances for Lopetegui’s side in 2020/21, the £54m-rated centre-back helped his team keep a whopping 15 clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.2 interceptions, 0.8 tackles, 2.9 clearances and winning 5.4 duels per game.
The Frenchman also impressed in an attacking capacity, scoring two goals, registering one assist and creating two big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 0.3 key passes per league fixture.
These returns saw the 22-year-old earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.08, ranking him as Sevilla’s third-best performer in the top flight of Spanish football, playing a key role in his side securing a highly impressive fourth-place finish in La Liga.
As such, with Nuno undoubtedly hoping to put together a team in the summer transfer window that is capable of improving on Tottenham’s seventh-place finish next season, the summer arrival of the man Lopetegui dubbed an “important” part of his side would very much help them do that.
However, following the latest report from AS, it would not seem advisable for Spurs fans to hold their breath while waiting to see their side get a deal over the line.