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Man City: Journalist makes surprise Kounde claim

Man City: Journalist makes surprise Kounde claim -Manchester City Transfer Rumours

Journalist Rudy Galetti has now made a surprise Manchester City transfer claim involving 2020 target and Sevilla star Jules Kounde.

The Lowdown: Sky Blues set for summer reshuffle?

Pep Guardiola, after securing the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund ahead of the 2022/2023 Premier League season, now has other potential additions in the pipeline.

According to reports, City are chasing a new left-back and central midfielder heir to club legend and long-serving mainstay Fernandinho who is set to leave Eastlands this summer.

The likes of Frenkie de Jong and even Paul Pogba have been linked with joining Guardiola to fill the latter position, yet in a surprise possible twist, Galetti now hints that the title-contenders may even strengthen at centre-half.

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The Latest: Galetti makes surprise Kounde claim…

The reporter, sharing news on late Tuesday, claims this summer may be the time for Kounde to ‘say goodbye’ to Sevilla as the likes of Spurs, Newcastle and Man United keep tabs.

However, making a further statement within the attached article, Galetti says ‘not to underestimate’ the ‘position’ of Man City after Guardiola personally contacted the France international over a move in 2020.

Hinting the Sky Blues could sign Kounde this summer, the transfer source has refused to rule them out of the ‘open‘ race.

The Verdict: Make a move?

Given Guardiola’s need to seal a suitable replacement for Fernandinho, not to mention his goal to find a natural left-back to balance the squad (Daily Mail), we believe strengthening at centre-half is an arguable waste of resources for the time being.

City have an abundantly strong pool of talent in that department with Ruben Dias, John Stones, Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte to choose from when fully fit.

That being said, if one of Stones or Ake were to leave the Etihad Stadium in search of more game time this summer, there is little denying Kounde would strengthen the side.

According to WhoScored, the 23-year-old has averaged the joint-highest number of aerial duels won per 90 for Sevilla in La Liga this campaign whilst also playing the third-most league minutes.

A mainstay, battler and still very young – there is little wonder his club refused to sell for less than his €80 million (£68m) release clause in the last transfer window.

Called a ‘world class’ player by former Spurs keeper Paul Robinson, if City were to lose one of their star central defensive contingent, Kounde could be considered a more-than capable alternative.

In other news: £100,000-per-week ‘phenomenon’ could be Man City’s next star signing, he’s tempted to join Pep…find out more here.


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