Done deal: Sevilla break club record for Bordeaux defender Jules Kounde

Sevilla have completed the signing of Bordeaux’s in-demand central defender Jules Kounde in a club record €25m deal, it has been confirmed.

On Tuesday, Estadio Deportivo cited a report from 20 Minutes describing the deal, which would break the Andalusian club’s previous record when they landed striker Luis Muriel two summers ago.

Kounde – of Beninese origin – has travelled to Seville ahead of undergoing a medical at the club and is set to become their fifth signing of an increasingly busy summer.

The 20-year-old is one of the most in-demand players in Ligue 1 and has made 70 first-team appearances for the club over the past two seasons, netting four goals.

The report describes the defender as ‘quick, with a high level of anticipation and concentration, powerful’, and is highly thought of in coaching circles.

Sevilla are set for a wide-ranging squad overhaul this summer with central defenders Sergi Gomez and Simon Kjaer both likely to leave this summer.

Sevilla believe Kounde’s valuation will soon be three times what it is at the moment and they see a deal similar to the one they conducted for Nancy defender Clement Lenglet, now at Barcelona, in 2017.

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