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Manchester City eye €68.25m move for Sevilla centre-back

Man City keen on signing Jules Kounde

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Manchester City are looking at a deal for Sevilla centre-half Jules Kounde which could see Nicolas Otamendi move in the opposite direction, according to  The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath.

The young French defender has a £68.25 million release clause which is within the price bracket City pay for first-team signings.

Kounde impressed many in his first season in the top flight of Spanish football, scoring a goal and making 29 league appearances for Sevilla who kept 14 clean sheets. The Frenchman started every knockout round game for Sevilla on their way to a Europa League title, as well as played a key role in their top four finish in La Liga.

Although Kounde is on the shorter side for a centre-half, he tends to dominate aerial battles. Stats website Breaking the Lines provides the comparison to Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk. Kounde, who is around five inches shorter than Van Dijk, wins just about the same amount of aerial duels per 90 minutes.

Source- Sports Illustrated

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