Ronald Koeman ‘targeting move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde’ as Barcelona boss continues to plot overhaul of LaLiga ahead of his first season in charge
Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde after the 21-year-old impressed last season.
The Frenchman signed for Sevilla from Bordeaux in a £22million deal last summer and has done well in LaLiga as he helped his team qualify for next season’s Champions League.
New Barcelona boss is Ronald Koeman, who is on the hunt for a new defender as looks to overhaul the squad ahead of next season, is said to be keen on making an offer for Kounde, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Barcelona are interested in signing 21-year-old Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde this year
Kounde formed an effective defensive partnership with Diego Carlos at Sevilla, who finished fourth in the table.
Koeman has been impressed by Kounde’s speed and good positioning on the pitch, believing that at 21 there is also good scope for development.
However, Sevilla are unwilling to sell the 21-year old, with a current release clause of £70million.
New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has been impressed by Kounde’s speed and positioning
Having signed from Bordeaux deal he helped his team qualify for the Champions League
Kounde has declared his intention to stay with Sevilla, saying: ‘I will stay next year, I am very happy here and we are going to enjoy the Champions League, I will not look away – I want to stay here.’
In addition, Barca are not the only club trying to prise the youngster away from Sevilla.
Real Madrid are monitoring the progress of the 21-year-old as Zinedine Zidane looks for replacements for Sergio Ramos and Eder Militao.