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Report: Ancelotti wants to beat Arsenal to signing Jules Kounde

Arsenal face another blow in their pursuit of Jules Kounde, with new Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti keen on bringing him to the Bernabeu.

Le10 Sport claim that the former Everton boss wants to make Kounde one of his first signings at Madrid. Los Blancos are said to be keen on seeing the Sevilla star replace the outgoing Sergio Ramos.

Kounde is a wanted man this summer. As reported by TBR previously, the race is hotting up for the defender, with Barcelona also said to be keen.

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The Athletic have previously reported how Arsenal want Kounde. It is claimed a fee of around £50m might do the trick to land him.

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However, the Gunners’ task is getting harder and harder. Madrid will want to back Ancelotti now he’s back, meaning Kounde could well have an offer in front of him soon.

Furthermore, Arsenal have also suffered an early blow in the market. This weekend has seen them miss out on Emi Buendia. The Norwich midfielder is set to put pen to paper on a deal with Aston Villa.

Gunners fans, then, will be hoping that this isn’t a sign of things to come this summer.

Arsenal need Kounde but a move to Madrid is so appealing

Deja vu is incoming here for Arsenal. A player courted for so long but will ultimately end up signing elsewhere.

There’s just no way Kounde will turn down Madrid. The club are still giants of football and with Arsenal without European football, it’s a no-brainer.

Arsenal face a huge problem this summer on that front. Players want to play in the big competitions and for the biggest clubs.

So while Edu might have a number of targets, getting them over the line is a different matter entirely. You just get the feeling Arsenal could be in for a long summer.

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