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Real Madrid ‘identify Sevilla defender Jules Kounde as long-term replacement’ for Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid have identified Sevilla centre back as a potential future replacement for club captain Sergio Ramos, according to reports.

The veteran defender was a notable absentee during Real’s Champions League exit to Manchester City – and the club are now in the process of sourcing a talented alternative to him.

Spain-based radio station Cadena Ser claim that Kounde tops a four-man shortlist of potential recruits that Real are weighing up.

Kounde, 21, only joined Sevilla from Bordeaux a year ago but has impressed at the heart of the LaLiga outfit’s backline. 

Despite having been recruited in a club-record deal of £22million, the starlet has lived up his price tag alongside his equally impressive partner Diego Carlos. 

Also being considered with Kounde are RB Leipzig stalwart Dayot Upamecano, Monaco youngster Benoit Badiashile and highly-coveted Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.

The same report has suggested that Real are beginning to work on initial plans for bringing in another defender, either through brokering a deal this summer or working towards a switch in the future.

Kounde helped guide Sevilla to a fourth place finish, and Champions League football, in his debut season after making 36 appearances. 

And his showings have certainly caught the eye of Real, despite their first-choice centre back pairing remaining Ramos and Raphael Varane. 

The club are aware that the former will turn 35 next season, and Zinedine Zidane is keen for greater depth in that position. 

The Real boss is said to have been impressed with Kounde’s ability to carry out different tactical variations, as well as the defender’s positioning and speed. 

But the financial uncertainty stemming from the coronavirus pandemic means that Los Blancos are unlikely to recruit this summer. 

Not even Real were able to protect themselves from the fallout, with the club confirming in April that players, coaches and directors would take wage cuts of between 10 to 20 per cent.

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