Sevilla set asking price for star defender Jules Koundé

Manchester United’s attempts to reinforce their backline have been dealt a blow after Sevilla set their asking price for prized asset Jules Koundé. The young defender is one of the most highly rated young players in Europe and looks set to be on most clubs wishlists.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who is in the market for a partner to Harry Maguire, is said to be an admirer of the young Frenchman but United would be forced to cough up a huge sum in order to bring Koundé to Old Trafford.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Sevilla have set their asking price at €65 – €70 million – a large chunk out of United’s summer budget. With a right-sided winger clearly a priority, it remains to be seen whether United will be able to free up enough funds to go big on a defender without player sales.

Koundé’s impressive campaign with the Andalusian club has earned him a first senior call-up for France and is set to take part in this summers Euro’s.

Mundo Deportivo also claim that Real Madrid and Barcelona are interested but it is unlikely that either will have the funds to complete any deal.

Barcelona are on course to complete their fourth free transfer of the summer whilst Real Madrid are set for another conservative summer in the transfer market.

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