Manchester United have rekindled their interest in centre-back Jules Kounde and are prepared to rival Chelsea for the player’s signature, claims a report.
The Sevilla ace was mentioned as a target for the Red Devils in the summer before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed Raphael Varane, who arrived from Real Madrid for £41 million.
He has become record signing Harry Maguire’s defensive partner. However, the club are still keen on Jules, according to Fichajes, via Goal.
Chelsea locked on to the central defender in the summer transfer market and looked destined to land the five-cap France international.
Sevilla were said to be asking for €50 million and the Blues lodged their €50 million proposal in the last week of the August transfer market.
However, senior figure Monchi changed his mind. Instead, the Spaniard demanded the 22-year-old’s release clause, which stands at €80 million.
And Los Nervionenses president Jose Castro pointed to his club’s strength after rejected the Stamford Bridge outfit’s offer.
“Even so, with Chelsea’s offer of €50million, the deficit was wiped out. That speaks of the strength of the club,” he said.
“I don’t know how many teams in Spain would say ‘no’ to Chelsea’s €50m and maintain this deficit, considering that the squad is worth €400m [£340m].”