Sevilla target shock move for Tottenham defender, as Man Utd given double lift in chase for £51m man

Date published: Saturday 20th March 2021 11:08 - Matthew Briggs

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Sevilla are understood to have targeted Tottenham centre-back Davinson Sanchez to replace Manchester United target Jules Kounde.

United are being tipped to have a hectic summer transfer window with numerous incomings and outgoings.

It seems likely that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given the green light to recruit a new stopper in the off-season. And Kounde’s name continues to be mentioned in connection with the Old Trafford giants.

According to El Gol Digital, Arsenal are also interested in the France Under-21 international, who could now be available for a cut-price fee.

Kounde is valued at £77m by the Spanish club. However, they could be willing to lower their demands to reach an agreement with one of the English suitors.

Sevilla have apparently decided to reduce their demands by more than 30 per cent to £51m.

And now the LaLiga club have got their sights on Sanchez as his replacement.

La Razon also state the price tag on Kounde has dropped and report that Feyenoord defender Marcos Senesi and Spurs centre-back Sanchez are on their shortlist as they look to replace Kounde.

 

 

Sanchez, 24, has been a mainstay at the back for Jose Mourinho this year. After being overlooked for Eric Dier at the start of the season, the Colombian is now first choice alongside Toby Alderweireld.

However, the defender has not been error free. In fact he gave away the decisive penalty in his side’s north London derby defeat to Arsenal last weekend.


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Spurs’ ‘worst player’ 

The defender was a then-record £42m signing from Ajax in August 2017. He penned a six-year deal, but signed a 12-month contract extension in May 2018. So he is under contract at Spurs until 2024.

Sanchez has made 146 appearances for the club, but he has had his fair share of critics.

Jamie O’Hara recently labelled Sanchez as Spurs’ “worst player” despite scoring twice in their 5-4 extra-time defeat to Everton in the FA Cup last month.

Mourinho also targeted Sanchez in Manchester United’s Europa League final win against Ajax in 2017.

Tony Cascarino claimed Mourinho encouraged his players to pressure Sanchez as he believed he wasn’t good enough on the ball.

Still, Daniel Levy is unlikely to want to make a loss on the 6ft 1in defender. Spurs will also need to find a replacement. And with Alderweireld, 32, coming towards the latter stages of his career they will not relish the search for two new centre-backs.

 

 

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