Kounde considers Sevilla exit amid Man Utd, Arsenal links

Jules Kounde admits a summer transfer could be possible amid rumours linking him with Manchester United and Arsenal.

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The Sevilla centre-back, 22, has caught the attention of scouts with another impressive campaign in La Liga.

He made 34 appearances as Sevilla qualified for next season’s Champions League with a fourth-place finish.

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According to the Daily Mail, Kounde has put United and Arsenal on red alert with his latest transfer admission.

When asked about his future at a press conference, the defender said: “I may have to change clubs this summer. I have not decided anything.

“My goal is, one day, to evolve into a great club to always try to progress, win trophies. To be able to start the season each year by telling yourself that the goal is win a particular trophy.

“I might have to move, but that’s not relevant today.”

Kounde is among the top centre-backs in Spain and is valued by Sevilla at £68million.

Speaking about his status as a major prospect, Kounde continued: “I would say that perhaps when I arrived at Sevilla and started playing more and more, also with the arrival of the Champions League.

“It has always been something in my head. I have always believed in it, I have always worked for it. To have it.

“That objective in the sights meant that I was able to have the performances I did at Sevilla. Also thanks to this club that helped me a lot and my team-mates who always pushed me.”

It’s thought that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Kounde to partner Harry Maguire in defence.

The pair could make a solid defensive duo in 2021/22, if United can get a deal over the line this summer.

If not, then the Red Devils may pursue either Raphael Varane or Pau Torres.

Arsenal have also been linked with Kounde’s signature. Mikel Arteta will benefit from the return of William Saliba next season, following the end of his loan spell with Nice.

But it seems the manager wants to improve his defence further by submitting a major bid for Kounde.

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