Real Madrid ‘interested in £32m Sevilla defender Jules Kounde’ as Zinedine Zidane looks to bolster LaLiga champions’ back line
- Zinedine Zidane is looking to strengthen his defensive options after title win
- One potential target reportedly is Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde
- 21-year-old Frenchman only signed for Sevilla from Bordeaux last summer
- But he has enjoyed an excellent first season in Spain and Real are interested
Real Madrid ‘are monitoring the progress of Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde’ after the 21-year-old enjoyed an impressive season at Sevilla.
The Frenchman signed for Sevilla from Bordeaux in a £22million deal last summer and has done well in LaLiga as Sevilla qualified for next season’s Champions League.
The newly-crowned LaLiga champions are looking for a new defender with Sergio Ramos now 34 and Eder Militao looking unconvincing at times.
Real Madrid ‘are monitoring the progress of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde (left)’
The 21-year-old French centre-back has enjoyed an excellent first season after joining Sevilla
And, according to ESPN, Kounde could be the man to bolster Real’s defensive ranks as back-up to captain Ramos and Raphael Varane.
Kounde formed an effective defensive partnership with Diego Carlos at Sevilla, who finished fourth in the table and could yet win the UEFA Europa League.
Zidane reportedly likes Kounde for his speed and good positioning on the pitch, believing that at 21 there is also good scope for development.
Kounde signed for Sevilla from Bordeaux for £22m just last summer but could move again
Having secured the LaLiga title, Zinedine Zidane will look to strengthen his defensive options
With other clubs interested, Real are keen to steal a march but with Kounde contracted to Sevilla until June 2024, they will have to pay at least £32m.
Real have also been linked with Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig as they look to strengthen at the back and identify Ramos’s long term successor.