Nuno Espirito Santo and Fabio Paratici have been set the tough task of somewhat rebuilding Tottenham’s squad this summer.
Spurs have already completed the signings of two new players – Pierluigi Gollini and Bryan Gil – but the north London club are not done there.
Espirito Santo will be determined to bring at least one defender in before Tottenham get their Premier League campaign underway in mid-August against last season’s champions Manchester City.
With Toby Alderweireld looking increasingly likely to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Spurs will need to replace the experienced Belgium international – and plenty of names have been linked.
One of them is Jules Kounde of Sevilla, but the France defender is supposedly not short of admirers from across Europe.
With this being said, football.london takes a look at everything that has been reported about Kounde and his possible switch to Tottenham.
Kounde’s stance revealed
In an interview prior to France’s Euro 2020 campaign back in May, Kounde revealed that he was “certain” to leave Sevilla this summer.
The Frenchman said: “Regarding my future, it’s certain that I will perhaps have to change clubs this summer.
“But nothing has been finalised yet. I have not decided anything.
“My goal is to play for a big club, to try to always progress and to win trophies. It’s true that I might have to move but that’s not relevant today.”
Real Madrid impact
football.london understands that Kounde is open to moving to Tottenham, as long as Real Madrid do not enter the picture.
Los Blancos have been linked with a move for the Sevilla defender and with Raphael Varane looking set to move to Manchester United, Carlo Ancelotti could be forced into the transfer market.
Sergio Ramos also left the Spanish capital recently, meaning the La Liga giants are somewhat short in the centre-back department.
Man United keen on move
According to a report from the Mail, Manchester United are ‘preparing a move’ for Kounde in addition to their pursuit of Varane.
The defender’s versatility and potential are two things that stand out to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The report also mentions that the Seville-based club are ‘bracing themselves’ for offers coming their way in the next month or so.
Sevilla make decision
According to Fabrizio Romano, Sevilla have agreed to let central defender Sergi Gomez leave the club, something that could have an impact on the potential sale of Kounde.
Romano’s tweet read: “Agreement reached today between Sevilla and Espanyol for Sergi Gomez, now it’s paperwork time. The centre-back joins Espanyol on a permanent move, done deal.”
“Sergi Gomez will sign as new Espanyol player until June 2024 + option to extend until 2025.”
This does not necessarily have a direct impact on Sevilla’s willingness to let Kounde leave the club, but a replacement for Gomez is likely to be hunted in the next few weeks.
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