Jules Kounde of Sevilla is being seen by Real Madrid as an option for replacing the veteran defender Sergio Ramos. The Spaniard announced his departure on Thursday following a farewell ceremony held for him. Raphael Varane is another defender who might leave the Los Blancos this summer.
According to the Marca, Real Madrid are looking at options to replace Sergio Ramos and they consider the French defender Jules Kounde to be the perfect candidate.
Real Madrid want to buy the defender in a Swap deal
The asking price of the 22-year-old is 80M euros. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is finding it difficult to manage 80M euros in these times of financial crisis due to the pandemic. It’s difficult to see Los Blancos spending that sort of money in signing a defender this summer. Real Madrid are looking to replace the defender on a limited budget.
Varane has a year left in his contract. If Real are unable to renew his contract this season it means that the 28-year-old will leave for free next season. Real will look to sell the defender this summer if he refuses to extend his contract with the club. The Galacticos will surely receive a transfer fee if they manage to do so.
Varane is valued at about 60-80M euros. Manchester United in the past have shown interest in the French international. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to add a new centre-half to play alongside Harry Maguire in the coming months. PSG are also keen on signing the player. It means Madrid could be keen to negotiate Varane’s sale sooner rather than later in order to raise funds for a Kounde move.
Sevilla finished 4th in La Liga thanks to Jules Kounde & Diego Carlos contributions for the team. Sevilla finished nine points behind the Galacticos & they will also play Champions League football next season. Under Julen Lopetegui, Kounde has emerged as the team’s best defender. He scored 4 goals in 48 matches this season.
Kounde has the technical ability Madrid needs but his leadership skills might not be the same what veteran captain offered. Kounde joined the Spanish side Sevilla FC on July 2019 for a five-year deal.
What Carlo Ancelotti said
Ancelotti wants to add two new defenders to his squad after Ramos announced his departure on Thursday. Speaking about that and his second tenure at Madrid, he said “Many things have happened. The first thing I’d like to make clear is that I never wanted to leave Real Madrid. That was always my mindset”.
“We won the post-lockdown league and then the club offered me the chance to offer my contract. But that was delayed because of situations like the pandemic”.
“The club then offered me a one-year extension with a salary reduction. I want to make clear that money was never the problem”.
“It was the years, because I wanted stability for my family. I wanted two years and they offered one. I repeat, the economic factor was never the reason”.
“In the later conversations, I said I would accept the one-year offer, but then I was told the offer wasn’t there anymore, that there had been an expiry date. I hadn’t realised.”