Tottenham have reportedly prepared an opening offer to sign Jules Kounde, who is also a target for Real Madrid and Manchester United.
According to a report by Spanish publication AS, Tottenham are stepping up their efforts to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla in the summer transfer window. Spurs have prepared an opening bid in the region of €55 million to €60 million for the French international, who is also a target for Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Jules Kounde has been blossoming into a world class defender ever since he joined Sevilla from Bordeaux in the summer of 2019. Over the last two seasons, the 22-year-old has been a brilliant performer for the Andalusian club, establishing himself as a mainstay at the back under Julen Lopetegui while also breaking into the French national side.
To date, the youngster has 89 appearances for Sevilla, chipping in with six goals and two assists. His progress has duly been noted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, with some of his suitors being Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid. And the latest club to have emerged in pursuit of Kounde are Tottenham Hotspur.
The interest from Tottenham is not surprising, considering they endured a horrible 2020/21 campaign, with a lot of their failures down to a poor defensive unit. With Toby Alderweireld on the decline and eager to seek a new challenge, a replacement is the need of the hour. In addition, Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez are hardly convincing.
So, while Takehiro Tomiyasu appears set to arrive at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, signing a second central defender would be prudent, making Kounde a viable target. As for Real Madrid, they have already lost the services of Sergio Ramos, who has joined PSG this week.
To make matters more concerning, they are in a precarious position over the future of Raphael Varane, who has been heavily linked with Manchester United this summer. If the Frenchman ends up calling it quits, Real Madrid will need a replacement, making Kounde an option worth considering.
Finally, Manchester United, as iterated already, are hot on the trails of Varane but are also keeping their options open in case they fail to land the Real Madrid centre-back. To that end, Kounde is one of the players they are targeting, having already had a bid rejected for him as well.
Now, Tottenham have taken their first step to sign Kounde, having readied an offer between €55 million and €60 million. What will now be interesting to see is if Sevilla are open to accepting such a bid or if they remain adamant on sticking to their guns and forcing Spurs, as well as Real Madrid, Manchester United and others to trigger the player’s €80 million release clause to land him.
For now, Tottenham appear to be seriously interested in signing Kounde this summer and it remains to be seen if they can swoop him away in a €60 million. Manchester United, Real Madrid and other suitors are sure to be keeping a close eye on the developments surrounding the 22-year-old and the north Londoners.