Tottenham willing to pay premium but target questions club’s ‘importance’


Reports claim Tottenham target Jules Kounde could be available for less than his release clause but is unconvinced about whether Spurs is the right club to join.

A number of European clubs sat up and took notice when the 22-year-old announced he would likely “change clubs” this summer. The France international has only been with the LaLiga outfit for two years after Sevilla paid Bordeaux reported €25m for his services. But it appears as though he might be on his way.

Los Nervionenses look set to make a healthy profit on the defender who has a release clause of €80m. But on Friday, Marca (via Sport Witness) suggested Spurs want to ‘propose a more realistic negotiation’ over the player.

The Spaniards are willing to negotiate but it is unclear how low they are prepared to go. On Saturday, Cadena Ser state ‘anything can happen’ over transfers this summer due to the pandemic.

Clubs are struggling financially and willing to lower their expectations to bring in much needed cash. It is thought that any interested suitor will need to part with €60m to get a deal over the line.

That is a large number for a youngster and rules out the majority of clubs from making a move. There is the possibility that he will remain at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan but Sevilla ‘have planned’ for his exit.

Kounde sounding precious over next destination

New Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with the task of bringing the good times back to the north Londoners. They struggled under Jose Mourinho last term and missed out on the top four.

The Portuguese tactician is looking to add quality to the ranks and Kounde certainly falls into the category. He made 63 top-flight appearances across two seasons for the Andalusians and has won two caps for Les Bleus.

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And, with that in mind, Cadena Ser are suggesting he will only move to an ‘important club’. There is no definition given for what that entails but the report adds Spurs may not be deemed an ‘important’ club now.

But it is also said that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium outfit are ‘willing to pay’ the required amount to bring him to the capital. There could be another obstacle to overcome as Manchester United have also been linked.

Nuno Espirito Santo Tottenham v Wolves May 2021

But the Red Devils are also eyeing other targets and the Frenchman is by no means a top priority.

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