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Manchester United in ‘advanced talks’ for French midfielder as Jules Kounde valuation ‘reduced’ – Casey Evans


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United are reportedly in advanced talks to finally secure the signing of a defensive midfielder but they face competition from Barcelona.

Sevilla have reduced their valuation of Jules Kounde amid reported interest from United and Chelsea, and Barcelona are keen to sign another United player alongside Edinson Cavani.

United in ‘advanced talks’ for midfielder

According to Catalan news outlet El Nacional, United are in ‘advanced talks’ to sign 22-year-old Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara.

Kamara has shown that he can play in a number of positions during his time at Marseille, but United would most likely want him to slot into the number six role.

The Frenchman is out of contract in the summer and is also wanted by Barcelona, but United are understood to have hit the front in the race to sign him.

My view: United badly need to sign a midfielder and Kamara could be the answer to their problems. The Frenchman has a lot of potential and Ralf Rangnick has a habit of getting the best out of talented youngsters.

It would be a lot to ask a 22-year-old to fix all of the problems in United’s midfield, but if you’re good enough, you’re old enough, right?

Sevilla drop Kounde asking price

United and Chelsea are both said to be monitoring Sevilla youngster Kounde, and ESPN report that the La Liga outit are willing to drop their asking price.

Sevilla were originally demanding €80m (£67.8m) for Kounde, but a fee of €50m (£42.5m) could now be enough to secure his signature.



Jules Kounde has been attracting interest from Europe’s top clubs

Chelsea had been expected to sign the 23-year-old in the summer but their inability to thrash out a deal could now play into United’s hands.

My view: A centre-back shouldn’t be at the top of United’s list of priorities and even the reduced fee quoted looks steep.

Kounde is a talented player, but given the need to sign a midfielder, a right-back and maybe even a striker if Cavani and Anthony Martial depart, I can’t help but think United should focus on other areas of the squad.

Barcelona plan United raid

Barcelona are said to want to secure the signing of Cavani in January, and El Nacional now report that the La Liga giants are also interested in signing Alex Telles as a replacement for Jordi Alba.

Telles has struggled to cement his place in the starting XI since his move to United and it seems Barcelona are keen to lure him away from Old Trafford.

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My view: I can’t see Rangnick sanctioning the Brazilian’s departure.

I think the only way the United boss would be open to selling Telles is if Barca agreed to pay a substantial fee, and given the fact he’s now 29 his sale would make sense, but Barcelona’s financial woes mean that’s unlikely to happen and so I think we’re best off keeping hold of him.

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