Tottenham have potentially been handed a boost in the race to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla…
According to journalist Dean Jones, as relayed by The Express, Manchester United are not actively pursuing a deal for Spurs target Jules Kounde. Jones has claimed that the centre-back is not at the top of their list, with Raphael Varane and Pau Torres the two main targets for United.
The Express claims that Tottenham and Arsenal are both showing an interest in the French central defender as they look to bolster their squads ahead of next season. Sevilla reportedly want £50m for their star defender this summer.
Fabio Paratici has been handed a key boost with this latest update. It means that they may not face competition from Manchester United for his signature, which could improve their chances of being able to sign him.
The Red Devils have Champions League football on offer and Spurs may not have been able to compete with that, as they only qualified for the Europa Conference League.
Nuno Santo needs a new centre-back to bolster his squad following his arrival at the club. Toby Alderweireld reportedly wants to leave the club this summer and Spurs are said to be willing to facilitate his wish if the right offer comes in. They are also open to bids for Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez as Santo prepares to restructure Tottenham’s defence in the coming months.
This means that there could be a gap, or two, for a central defender to come in. Kounde could be an excellent choice to strengthen the side and potentially replace Alderweireld given his performances in Spain. La Liga expert Euan McTear recently described Kounde as “special” and said that he has been improving throughout the season with Sevilla whilst playing in the Champions League.
“He’s only gotten better this season, especially in the Champions League. He’s had some good performances there, too.
“He’s still so young, he’s got energy, great positioning too. All the centre-backs, not just in Spain I think, but if you look around Europe, he’s got to be one of the highest prospects.
“To be playing for France who have countless centre-backs, if he’s able to get himself into that group, then, yeah, he’s pretty special.”
The £73k-per-week beast averaged a superb WhoScored rating of 7.01 in La Liga for Sevilla. Alderweireld, meanwhile, achieved the highest score out of any Tottenham centre-back in the Premier League with 6.86, suggesting that the Frenchman could be an upgrade on Nuno’s current best defensive option.
At the age of 22, Kounde also has plenty of room for growth and could be a key player for Spurs for years to come if they are able to bring him in this summer.