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Real Madrid in the race to sign Sevilla’s star defender

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Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing Jules Kounde from local rivals, Sevilla. The 22-year-old centre-back has been brilliant in the La Liga as well as in the European competitions.

Los Blancos are interested in strengthening their defence amidst rumors of their star defender, Raphael Varane, leaving the club. However, the move is still possible as Madrid might offload a bunch of players and some are thinking about a move to England.

The French Under-21 player was earlier linked with a move to the Premier League as clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United were keen on him. However, he has still three years left on his contract and the transfer fee would be around £52 million.

Jules Kounde a perfect fit for Madrid?

Jules Kounde joined the Andalusian club from French club, Bordeaux in 2019. Since then, he has been phenomenal and was one of their key factors in their Europa League triumph last season. He was also honoured with a place in the UEFA Europa League 2019-20 team of the season.

Currently, the Seville club are fourth in the La Liga just three points behind current leaders, Atletico Madrid. They are in the four-way title race and they bagged record points in the League. Additionally, Kounde is the second best in the league for winning the most aerial duels in own half.

His brilliant goal against Barcelona in their 2-0 win in the Copa del Rey was the key moment that made other clubs be in the race to sign him. Manchester United and then, Chelsea entered the race to sign him. However, as per Spanish outlet AS, Real Madrid have joined the race to sign him.

It has been a strange season for Zinedine Zidane although he is still in contention to win the Champions League and La Liga. Still, the defensive department is what he’s certainly concerned about.

The 33-time La Liga champions next host Osasuna in the league before playing Chelsea in the Champions League semifinal second leg at Stamford Bridge.

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