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Man United join rivals in race for Sevilla defender with player value set to skyrocket

Manchester United have joined Man City in the race for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, according to reports.

Koude was a key player for Sevilla last season as they won the Europa League — beating Manchester United in the semi-finals and Inter Milan in the all-important final.

The France U21 international played 40 games in all competitions last season, which was his first at the club, after leaving Bordeaux to experience football in Spain.

Sevilla’s investment has paid off with Kounde’s value skyrocketing. He cost them €25m (via Transfermarkt), but is now valued between €65m-70m.

During the summer he was a reported target for City, but United’s interest seems new (via ESPN) and we’ll be keeping an eye on the player over the coming months.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be on the lookout for a new centre-back because the way we’ve defended thus far this season has been abysmal.

The board should have signed one in the summer rather than having Solskjaer pick a duo from the following three: Harry Maguire, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.

That leaves Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Teden Mengi out and I think you can forget about at least two of those.

Tuanzebe and Mengi have a chance.

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