Manchester United could be outbid for Sevilla star Jules Kounde and an alternative defensive signing could arrive at the top of their agenda, claims a report.
Kounde has emerged as a top target for United this summer, with La Razon claiming this week that United were in pole position for the centre-back.
Kounde was in action on Wednesday night, but his performance will not have had scouts scurrying to file their reports. The 22-year-old defender was given a rough night by Erling Haaland.
The Norwegians powerful running had Kounde in trouble all evening and the forward ended with two goals in a 3-2 win for Borussia Dortmund.
United’s interest emerged a while before his showing against Haaland, with Old Trafford officials believed to be willing to splash around €70m on Kounde.
La Razon though now state that PSG are willing to pay €90m to get hold of Kounde if they fail to lure Sergio Ramos to Paris.
PSG are plotting to get Ramos, who has yet to renew his deal with Madrid, to Ligue 1. However, if they fail the report claims they will not hesitate to blow United out of the water with a huge offer. They could of course be loaded with cash if they have to sell Kylian Mbappe in the summer.
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The outlet claim in turn, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may look to Raphael Varane at Madrid. The France star has been linked with United previously and the paper suggest “Varane could end up at Manchester United”.
The centre-back is out of contract in 2022, leaving the LaLiga giants in a delicate situation. There are fears he could walk away for free.
No increase in Kounde’s clause
The men from the Bernabeu themselves are understood to hold an interest in Kounde. However, they will not be able to meet the player’s €90m release clause. Their finances will be stretched to try and lure Mbappe in the summer and Kounde will be out of reach.
Kounde has been impressing for Sevilla over the last couple of seasons, but he was schooled by Haaland in the Champions League clash.
Sevilla are well aware of the interest in their star man, but they have ruled out increasing his buyout clause.
“I am never in favour, by concept, of improving a player who has had a good season in his first year. Because past returns do not guarantee future returns. And because if you increase the termination clause you do so in amounts that no one will pay.
“And raising the salary of a player to raise a clause to an amount that nobody would pay is sometimes not a good choice,” said general director Jose María Cruz recently.