Spurs reportedly in talks over CB who's like 'prime Puyol', fans should be buzzing - TBR View
Spurs have a lot of work to do in the summer transfer window if they are to enjoy a better season next time round.
Good job Tottenham have appointed Fabio Paratici then, as he’s been very hard at work for this very purpose.
Plenty of great players have been linked with Spurs in recent weeks, with Paratici reportedly eager to cast his net wide and talk to multiple targets.
One player in particular would create a massive buzz around N17 if Tottenham manage to land him.
That player is Jules Kounde, a 22-year-old defender who has been shining for Sevilla.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Paratici is a huge admirer of the France international and has talked to his agent.
“It’s true that they had direct contact with his agent,” Romano said on Chris Cowlin’s Youtube channel.
“Kounde is really appreciated by Paratici, he thinks he’s one of the best centre-backs he could sign for Tottenham.”
At the same time, Romano says Paratici isn’t overly optimistic of landing a deal because of Kounde’s price tag.
“They are in talks with Sevilla about the price because 80m euros is not going to be paid by any club this summer,” me added.
“The realistic value is around 40m or 50m Euros [£42m].
“We will see if Tottenham can find a deal with the club and also the player, because at the moment there is not a lot of optimism about this deal.”
But if Spurs do pull it off, then it would be an incredible signing and fans should be absolutely thrilled.
Who is Jules Kounde?
Kounde, a centre-back who can also operate as a right-back, has formed a solid partnership with Diego Carlos at Sevilla.
The £73,000-a-week ace has clocked up 89 competitive appearances for Sevilla, along with 70 at first club Bordeaux.
In addition, Kounde is already a European champion, having won the Europa League in 2020, and has won two France caps.
“Ideal modern centre-back”
“Jules Kounde is an ideal modern centre-back,” former Sevilla captain Pablo Alfaro told The Athletic in March.
“He is not so big and physically powerful, but he is very versatile, flexible, athletic, intuitive — these are the best characteristics for today’s football.
“The most important virtue in a footballer is intelligence and the capacity to adapt, and Kounde has that in spades.
With his technical and physical qualities, he fits perfectly with our current globalised football.”
Football fans across Europe have been singing Kounde’s praises in recent months, comparing him to some of the greatest defenders in recent history.
KOUNDE ….🔥🔥🔥— El Niño🇮🇳 (@suppandiiii) November 24, 2020
He is gem of a player…
Reminds me of Prime Puyol …#UCL
Kounde Very solid defender. Reminds me of young @Carles5puyol if @JoanLaportaFCB must sign a defender it should be Kounde. That’s 10yrs of solid defence alongside ARAUJO 🤝 #Barcelona pic.twitter.com/JiQesdObX5— ™ (@EldoradoWolzee) March 4, 2021
Kounde reminds me of a faster more agile kompany 💙😍— aj (@arenj45) September 24, 2020
Kounde reminds me so much of Ramos when he steps out of his defensive line, pure aggression mixed with excellent ball winning— Bilal (@Bilal_BK8) February 17, 2021
Jules Koundé is one of the best CBs in the world right now.— Louis 〽️ (@BroLeao) February 10, 2021
Reminds me of Puyol, and he’s always been my favourite of all time.
😒. Was really hoping United would go the offbeat track with Mings and leave the good guys lol(not that Mings isn't good).— SHARKY (@Belgian_Hotspur) February 12, 2021
I can see Varane to United and Kounde to RM tbh Or even Kounde to United. Reminds me of a young Ramos, has everything