Manchester United’s search for a center-back is trying to change tack, with the membership reportedly unwilling to pay Jules Kounde’s £ 68million switch price.
United are said to have made Sevilla’s defender a top precedence this summer season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trying to match Harry Maguire with a world-class companion.
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.
Nevertheless, a report within the Each day Mail claims the Red Devils refused to pay its £ 68m price. That is considerably decrease than its € 90m launch clause, however nonetheless an excessive amount of.
The Mail stories that Sevilla is refusing to buck the determine. The principle reason for that decision pertains to their present funds, which have been hit hard by Covid.
Sevilla’s director of sport, Monchi, revealed that his membership had acquired a “magnificent offer” from City last summer season. Nevertheless, they needed to reject it as a result of it did not attain their price ticket.
“Regardless of being a wonderful, very, excellent offer, it did not fulfill the requests or what we considered the player,” he informed Spanish publication El Desmarque.
“Possibly it wasn’t value it. As a result of probably that offer was close to what it was value doing at that moment. However we even have to consider what it may be value [in the future]. ”
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Turn United to different targets
Whereas reigning Europa League champions will not let him leave on a budget, United are additionally decided to not pay over the percentages for a central defender once more – having already splashed out £ 80m for Maguire.
With a deal for Kounde now showing on the back burner, United will now search for cheaper options.
Malmo’s center-back Anel Ahmedhodzic is one such choice. That is regardless of a € 11m deal in place for him to join Atalanta.
United are prone to offer € 13m to try to gazump the Italian side. …