Manchester City don’t seem to be finished in the transfer market just yet.
The former Premier League champions have been chasing another central defender all summer, with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Sevilla’s Diego Carlos the big names linked with a move to Manchester.
But after a frustrating chase, a new name has been doing the rounds this week, Sevilla’s other defender, Jules Kounde.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed an impressive debut season in Spain, after signing for Sevilla for £25m from Marseille just over a year ago. His partnership with Carlos at the back gave Julen Lopetegui’s side the foundation to win last season’s Europa League for an incredible sixth time in 14 years.
And that kind of form has reportedly attracted the attention of Pep Guardiola and City, with a player-plus-cash offer for the Frenchman a potential deal to be put on the table.
City would be willing to include Nicolas Otamendi in the deal as a makeweight, with Kounde’s £68m release clause unlikely to be triggered by the Citizens, who have already splashed out on Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres this summer.
Kounde, a 5’11” French under-21 international is likely to be City’s final piece of business this summer, with Guardiola seemingly happy with the rest of his squad.