Real Madrid ‘joins the race’ signing Jules Kounde, Seville central defender, with Chelsea and Manchester United

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Real Madrid ‘joins race’ to sign Sevilla center-back Jules Kounde, while Zinedine Zidane tries to persuade defender to turn down Chelsea and Manchester United and stay in Spain

  • Real Madrid have reportedly signed up to race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde
  • Manchester United and Chelsea have also been linked to the French center back
  • Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane face an uncertain future at the rear of Madrid
  • Manchester City were strongly linked to Kounde before signing Ruben Dias

Real Madrid would like to fend off Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

Thomas Tuchel’s squad has been associated with the center in recent weeks, having impressed in his two years in Spain since coming over from Bordeaux in 2019, and rumors in Spain suggested the Blues would be willing to use Hakim Ziyech as a taste of deal.

Manchester United are also reportedly keeping an eye on Kounde, with the intention of linking him to Harry Maguire next season if they secure the 22-year-old’s services.

Real Madrid have reportedly entered the race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde this summer

Real Madrid have reportedly entered the race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde this summer

Zinedine Zidane hopes he can convince Kounde to turn down Chelsea and Manchester United

Zinedine Zidane hopes he can convince Kounde to turn down Chelsea and Manchester United

Zinedine Zidane hopes he can convince Kounde to turn down Chelsea and Manchester United

According to ASZinedine Zidane wants to convince Kounde to stay in Spain and move to Madrid this summer, strengthening a backline facing several questions.

Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos’ future is uncertain as the latter’s contract expires this summer and Varane is repeatedly linked with a move.

David Alaba appears to be arriving in Madrid at the end of the season, but the Spanish side are also reportedly looking to add Pau Torres from Kounde or Villarreal to their ranks.

Madrid is unwilling to pay the Frenchman’s full £ 78 million release clause, as are United and Chelsea, but would be open to a possible £ 52 million move and include a player in the deal as well.

Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos both face uncertain futures at the heart of Madrid's defense

Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos both face uncertain futures at the heart of Madrid's defense

Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos both face uncertain futures at the heart of Madrid’s defense

It was rumored that Kounde was a target for Manchester City last season, with the England side receiving a major rejection, which led to Sevilla football director Monchi commenting on the defender’s situation and future.

“An offer from English football has come in, we have reviewed and declined,” Monchi said at the time.

‘Although it is more than double the investment we made 12 months ago, we think it is insufficient. As more offers come in we will review and decide, as we always do.

‘We are not afraid to sell because we have been doing that for the past two decades and it has enabled us to grow.

The 22-year-old defender has been impressing since coming to Seville from Bordeaux in 2019

The 22-year-old defender has been impressing since coming to Seville from Bordeaux in 2019

The 22-year-old defender has been impressing since coming to Seville from Bordeaux in 2019

‘It is our model, selling to grow. But we want to sell for a significant amount so that we can reinvest those amounts in new players who in turn improve the selection. ‘

Kounde, who tested positive for the corona virus earlier this season, played 44 games in all competitions for Seville this season, scoring four goals for his side.

Under Julen Lopetegui, Sevilla have had a fantastic season, fourth in La Liga and firmly in the title race with five games to go.

They travel to Madrid to meet Zidane’s side next week, in a match that could have major consequences at the top of the table.

Under Julen Lopetegui, Sevilla had a successful season and remains in the title race

Under Julen Lopetegui, Sevilla had a successful season and remains in the title race

Under Julen Lopetegui, Sevilla had a successful season and remains in the title race

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