Manchester United are still in contention to snap up Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, according to the Guardian‘s Fabrizio Romano.
Tottenham have emerged as leading contenders for the 22-year-old in recent days, but Romano feels that the Red Devils could well enter the battle to sign the France international:
“Kounde is a really complicated deal. There is no agreement [with Tottenham]. I don’t see this deal [as being] easy for Spurs. They’re talking with his agent. We need to keep an eye on Manchester United for Kounde. It’s true they want Varane but Kounde has always been on the list. The situation is open.”
It is widely believed that Kounde is the backup option if United fail in their attempts to persuade Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane to make the move to Old Trafford.
Sevilla are said to be open to selling Kounde for below his €80m (£68m) release clause, which is making him an attractive prospect, not only to the Red Devils and Spurs, but also to Chelsea and Arsenal.
It does appear as though manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is very keen on securing a new centre-half but, at this stage, it is very difficult to determine whether it will be Varane, Kounde or even Villarreal’s Pau Torres.