Liverpool will need to pay around £70m if they wish to land one of their reported defensive targets, Sevilla defender, Jules Kounde.
That is according to Spanish outlet AS, who claim that Sevilla are confident of starting a bit of an auction for Kounde in the summer. The report claims Sevilla are confident of getting the release-clause for Kounde, thought to be around the 80m Euro mark (£70m).
Liverpool have only recently brought in Ben Davies from Preston and Ozan Kabak on a short-term loan deal from Schalke. However, the Reds may well act again in the summer, in a bid to avoid a repeat of this season’s nightmare.
Kounde has proven to be a mainstay for Sevilla over in La Liga. His performances have been impressive, with a number of clubs including Manchester City and Real Madrid also said to be keen.
Liverpool were first linked with Kounde back in November (90Min). At the time, he was deemed too expensive, so it remains to be seen if the Reds will stump up the cash this time around.
TBR View: Kounde one of the best options out there, but it is a big chunk of change
In terms of the best defenders out there, Kounde is definitely right up there if Liverpool do want to bring a guaranteed starter in.
The problem is the massive fee. The pandemic has impacted club’s finances around the world, so for the Reds to pay just less than they did for Virgil van Dijk seems a stretch.
However, Kounde is one to consider. And if Sevilla don’t get their auction, then a cheaper deal could be on the cards anyway.