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Tottenham transfer blow: Nuno 'priority' reportedly views Spurs as 'second-tier' club

Tottenham have suffered a blow in the race for Jules Kounde according to reports in Spain.

As reported by Seville-based publication El Desmarque, the French international views Spurs as ‘a second-tier club’. Real Madrid and Manchester United are also keen on Kounde, as per the report.

Indeed, Kounde is reportedly ‘a priority’ for new Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo this summer. The Portuguese coach is keen to improve on Tottenham’s defence ahead of next season.

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And Kounde appears to be Tottenham’s main option for a new centre-back in the window. The youngster was one of Sevilla’s best-performing players last season. The 22-year-old was key to the Spanish qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

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Meanwhile, Tottenham will compete next season in the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League. Spurs pipped the likes of Arsenal and Everton to seventh place in the Premier League last campaign.

Spurs face a mountain to climb when attempting to sign Kounde this summer if these intentions in the local Seville media prove to be true.

Indeed, Tottenham might be a step-up in club reputation for the defender, but the France international might not be sold on dropping down from playing in the Champions League to Europa Conference League.

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