Reports suggest Manchester United could move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde and may even use Edinson Cavani as a makeweight in order to get a deal across the line.
Sevilla are pushing for their first La Liga title since 1957 but one would be wise to think Cavani’s salary will be a stumbling block.
Let us remind you that United worked hard to convince Cavani to stay this season, when the striker had contemplated moving back to South America where he remains likely to end his playing career.
We didn’t know at that time that Cristiano Ronaldo was coming back home, however, and as a result Cavani has played second fiddle to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played both players up front against Tottenham and it worked. Sadly, that came just before Cavani sustained another injury set back and he now misses the November international break.
It has been reported that Cavani has a tendon problem, but the striker uploaded a workout video to Instagram earlier today.
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Speaking to the Daily Mail in March, Kounde’s team-mate Diego Carlos said: “He has quality and he can play for great European clubs.
“He is a young player who can still improve over time, he has got great qualities, he is very strong and I am sure he can play for a big club as a great defender.”
United have been linked with Kounde in the past, too.
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On top of that, another Spanish report (via AS) claims Sevilla are already concerned United may look to trigger the centre-back’s £68m (€80m) release clause once the January transfer window opens.
Prior to Euro 2020 – before United were linked to Raphael Varane – Koune was a name strongly linked with a move to the Premier League. Chelsea were another club said to be interested, but he remained at Sevilla and it goes without saying the France international would be a better partner for his compatriot than Harry Maguire.