Big charge sees Man Utd end defender hunter – however bid for £ 43m Plan B

Manchester United are anticipated to desert their plans to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde amid fears {that a} deal for the French defender may spin past their means.

United are said to have made Sevilla’s defender a top precedence this summer season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeking to match Harry Maguire with a world-class accomplice.

Kounde, 22, has emerged as one in every of Europe’s top defensive prospects, and was an choice for Manchester City earlier than signing Ruben Dias.

Dias has been a revelation since arriving on the Etihad, with City clearly storming the top of the table.

Pep Guardiola’s males have stored 24 clear sheets in all competitions. To that end, United was eager to bring in Kounde for the same impact.

Nonetheless, it was reported this week that Sevilla’s asking worth of £ 68m for Kounde was too steep. Whereas that is considerably decrease than its € 90m launch clause, it is nonetheless greater than United is willing to spend.

And with Sevilla refusing to guide at their asking worth, United are being forced to take a look at alternate options.

In line with Eurosport, that man appears to be like more likely to be Pau Torres by Villarreal.

The Spanish defender has emerged as one in every of LaLiga’s best defenders and will be signed for considerably lower than Kounde. That is due to the discharge clause in his deal, which is set at just £ 43m.

With the worldwide pandemic hitting United’s spending powers, Torres appears to be like a way more life like choice for United. They might even persuade the La Liga outfit to promote for a charge just beneath its exit clause.

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Eric Bailly headed off in one other course

Moreover, United may enable Eric Bailly to leave as a part of the deal. Our distinctive back in November revealed that Bailly could possibly be offered back to his former membership as a part of the deal.

They signed the Ivory Coast international in 2016 for £ 30 million. However he has struggled with accidents in current seasons and appears to be like very disposable.

Bailly’s present deal runs till 2022 and has been linked with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.

Real Madrid are additionally said to be eager on Torres and take into account him a possible long-term substitute for Sergio Ramos. The veteran defender will probably be a free agent this summer season, with United being talked about as potential prosecutors.

Los Blancos, nonetheless, will prioritize David Alaba earlier than contemplating Torres. The Austrian can be a free agent and has already confirmed his departure at Bayern Munich.



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