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Manchester United identify Jules Kounde as main summer transfer target


Manchester United have put Sevilla center-back Jules Kounde at the top of their shopping list ahead of the summer transfer window.

Despite their rampant spending on defenders in recent years, United have still failed to find a formula at the back to help them return to the top.

Man Utd are looking for a center-back partner for Harry Maguire
Man Utd seek center-back partner for Harry Maguire | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Kounde, whose Sevilla is reportedly worth around £ 60million, was linked with a host of top European clubs last summer, including United and Manchester City, and the Mirror writes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the 22-year-old as its main target. for the summer window 2021.

The Frenchman has become one of Europe’s most talented young defenders since arriving at Sevilla in 2019. His athletic ability and impressive reading of the game make Kounde an exciting prospect for clubs in need of a young defender. progressive central.

He has been on United’s radar for a while, but sold his qualities even more when Sevilla knocked out the Red Devils from the Europa League on their way to winning the competition last season. Kounde has worn this form in this season, having already racked up 27 appearances.

Kounde was part of the Sevilla squad that beat Man Utd in August
Kounde was part of the Sevilla squad that beat Man Utd in August | Pool / Getty Images

Man Utd have failed to find the perfect match for Harry Maguire despite a plethora of defensive options. Eric Bailly has impressed recently but continues to struggle with a tiring record, as has Axel Tuanzebe. Victor Lindelof is generally the man of choice and has played 23 times so far this season.

Utility player Timothy Fosu-Mensah left for Bayer Leverkusen earlier in the window, while Marcos Rojo is expected to join Boca Juniors.

90 mins reported in November that signing a center-back was a priority for United ahead of the 2021/22 season. Kounde was one of the names identified as a solution, along with Pau Torres of Villarreal, Ben White of Brighton and Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is without a contract this summer and would prefer to move to Man Utd if he leaves Spain for England.