Manchester City had shortlisted several central defenders during the summer, including Sevilla superstar Jules Kounde.
Manchester City were on the lookout for a centre-back apart from Nathan Ake during the summer and had shortlisted some of Europe’s finest players. Kalidou Koulibaly and Jules Kounde were also part of the club’s shopping list, but the eventually closed in on the arrival of Ruben Dias from Benfica. However, with John Stones yet to impress and Pep Guardiola‘s options in the heart of defence likely to shorten with Eric Garcia potentially moving to Barcelona, Kounde continues to be on the Spaniard’s radar.
The 21-year-old has been a key defender for Sevilla ever since he arrived from Bordeaux. Manchester City’s defensive lapses cost them a berth in the Champions League final and any significant bite at Liverpool in the Premier League last season. It was completely obvious that acquiring some fresh defenders would be one of the primary objectives for Guardiola. Kounde claims that Sevilla did receive an offer for his services, but the 21-year-old rejected the possibility of a move to the Premier League giants.
The interest of a club like City is always a good thing, but I’m at Sevilla and I’m very calm. I always told [Sevilla director of football] Monchi that I would not force anything.
The center-back is extremely talented and with age on his side, he is a prospect for any team. The Frenchman has got a contract with Sevilla until 2024 and will surely remain an integral part of the club’s plans. It seems that he is quite content with the minutes and the atmosphere in Seville and assured his fans that he will stay on until a total agreement is reached. Jules has now missed three consecutive games for Sevilla as he tested positive for Covid-19 and has been self-quarantining at home.
Manchester City haven’t made the brightest of starts to their season and by the way, they’re playing, a Premier League title looks tough this time around. They are currently placed 13th in the Premier League and have picked up only eight out of 15 possible points. The Citizens have a lot of catching up to do as their start to the season has been worse than last season’s and in order to gather pace, it would come as no surprise if the club once again flexes its financial muscle in the January transfer window.