The Frenchman who has been the club’s back-up defensive target, is regarded as one of the best defenders for his age group. He enjoyed a stellar 2019/20 season in La Liga, making 29 appearances as his side comfortably finished in the top four.
The Citizens have been trying to sign Kalidou Koulibaly for much of the transfer window. It’s been a hard fight, with the Serie A club’s president wanting a huge fee and being unrealistic regarding his prospects of getting it.
It has led City to other targets, with Sevilla ace Kounde the new alternatives if Napoli are not prepared to lower their demands of of about €80m (£73.2m) for the center-back.
The report adds his former club Bordeaux could receive a surprise injection of funds at the end of this transfer window owing to a 20% sell-on clause inserted in their agreement with Sevilla over Koundé.
The La Liga side had already reportedly rejected an offer of €60 million plus Nicolas Otamendi. Whether an offer of €70 million will be enough remains to be seen.
The young Frenchman Kounde would certainly be viewed as a prospect for the future with his natural defensive talent coupled with blistering pace for a central defender.
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In reaction to the report shared on Twitter by Man City Xtra and City Chief, City fans have expressed their thoughts and opinions.
Waaay too much imo for someone I’ve only heard about a few weeks ago
— Assist King👑 (@cityzen017) September 22, 2020
He is a prospect not a proven defender ,60 million is way too much
— Siddh (@SiddhSal) September 22, 2020
Too much. But we must sign a new CB and Sevilla knew it, so it was inevitable. And i rather spend 70M for a 21 year old than for a nearly 30Y old.
— lacomps (@lacomps01) September 22, 2020
Rather stick with Stones than spending €70M for Kounde…I mean that evaluation is just insane!
— Darlan Fernandes (@Darlanjude) September 22, 2020
That’s very expensive
— mancity.fans1894(Only 1 Centurions) (@MancityFans1894) September 22, 2020
Fuck me that’s a lot of money. I’d love to get Koundé and am completely sold on this alternative but still, where do they get their valuation from… Insane money
— KDBallon d’Or (@LostAbove) September 22, 2020
How much is Sevilla demanding for??? We need this guy. He is young and he has proved to be very strong as a CB and also attacking minded.
— Larry Adeoye (@adeoyelarry) September 22, 2020
Holy shit that’s a lot of money, this kid better be the next Laurent blanc or else we’ve been scammed big time
— ُ (@moaaz_101) September 22, 2020