Barcelona now enter the race along with Real Madrid to compete for one of La Liga’s most promising talents
Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid and Ronald Koeman of Barcelona are on the lookout for a young centre-back this summer transfer market. Real currently have Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane along with Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez as the backup defenders. However, Zinedine Zidane feels the need of signing a young centre-back as it is highly unlikely that Nacho Fernandez would be offered another contract renewal.
The Catalans find themselves in the same boat. Ronald Koeman wants to build a team consisting of younger players. In the defence, Ronald Araujo will be the backup defender for Gerard Pique, however, Jean-Clair Todibo may not be the second choice back up defender for the coming season after the player has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League. As Todibo might leave the club for England, Koeman has set his eyes on a La Liga defender that Real Madrid fancies as well.
Jules Kounde of Sevilla has entered the radar of both Real Madrid and Barcelona. The French youngster has played a crucial role under Julen Lopetegui in the centre-back position at Sevilla. The 21-year-old is extremely versatile and has a high work rate as well. Being a two-footed player, Kounde can play as either the right or left centre-back and due to his pace, the player can even be deployed as a left-back occasionally.
One of the many reasons why both the Spanish giants have shown interest in the young French defender is because of his ball-winning ability. Kounde strength is based on physical built as the defender is exceptional in the air and is a confident tackler of the ball during one-on-one situations.
The 21-year-old defensive abilities are one of the reasons why Sevilla is quick at recovering possession and launching counter-attacks as Kounde is often spotted playing the ball from the frontline to immediately create an attack once the ball has been recovered.
However, Sevilla would not part ways with their star defender easily this summer transfer market and it seems like both the clubs would have to wait until the summer of 2021 to snatch the player. Jules Kounde is currently valued at 30 million euros and given his quality, Real and Barca have the opportunity to sign a generational talent for cheap.
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