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AS: Man City to sign Sevilla ace Jules Kounde for €50m

Manchester City are in advanced talks to sign Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde for €50m, according to AS.

The 21-year-old is regarded as one of La Liga’s best young defenders and City have moved for him after difficulties closing a deal for Kalidou Koulibaly.

Txiki Begiristain, City’s sporting director, has been in talks with his Sevilla counterpart Monchi since last week.

And the transfer is about to be closed for a fee of around €50m, it is reported.

The two clubs are currently negotiating how much will be paid up front and in bonuses.

Kounde has a release clause of €80m, but City were never going to pay that much.

France under-21 international Kounde was on City’s shortlist along with Koulibaly and Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez.

City held talks with Atletico about a deal for Gimenez, 25, but the Madrid club referred them to his €105m release clause.

Should the deal be confirmed, Kounde will be Pep Guardiola’s second defensive signing of the summer.

In early August, the Citizens paid €45m to sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.

Kounde joined Sevilla from Bordeaux for €25m last year and was one of the revelations of the 2019-20 season.

SourceDiario AS

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