Bordeaux have rejected an €18m offer from Sevilla for their in-demand central defender Jules Kounde, according to a report in Marca.
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.
Marca say they have confirmed information that was first published in reputable French outlet L’Equipe that Los Rojiblancos were unsuccessful in their opening offer.
The report describes the defender as ‘quick, with a high level of anticipation and concentration, powerful’, and is highly thought of in coaching circles.
With this in mind, Bordeaux are said to be holding out for a minimum of €20m for the defender and Sevilla are likely to come back with a higher offer which may then be accepted.
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.