According to reports, Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde has instructed his agent to pursue a deal with Manchester United. Earlier this year, the Frenchman was linked with a move to Old Trafford, but United ultimately chose Raphael Varane in the summer transfer market.
However, Kounde has resurfaced on United's radar in recent weeks, with many feeling the club needs another defensive option. When both players are fit, Varane and Harry Maguire will form the first-choice pairing, with Victor Lindelof next in line.
However, there are concerns about Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, both of whom have had severe injury issues in recent years. As a result, Kounde has been mentioned again as a possible target for United, either in January or next summer. Despite their recent troubles, the France international seems to really welcome the interest of the 20-time English winners.
El Nacional reports that Kounde has instructed his agent to start talks with United. Real Madrid and Chelsea, who are both interested in Kounde, will be disappointed by the news. Sevilla priced out the Blues for the defender in the summer.
The Spanish side is said to have shown an interest in selling Kounde for about £40 million, only to later increase the asking price to £68 million. The defender's release clause is worth that much, and United may have to activate it to get him out of the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
If everyone is fit, it's unclear if they'd be willing to spend that much money on a man who might not be a regular starter. Varane will almost certainly start once he becomes available, and Maguire is the club captain.
Despite the Frenchman's apparent desire for a move to Manchester United, Chelsea will not give up hope of signing Kounde.
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