Sevilla is willing to sell Jules Kounde to Tottenham, but talks with Fabio Paratici have stalled.
Spurs are having difficulty acquiring the highly regarded defender.
According to sources, Tottenham are failing to make progress in their pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde. Nuno Espirito Santo wants to improve his centre-back options for the 2021/22 season, but no deals are in the works.
Tottenham and Sevilla were said to have agreed on a deal for Kounde on Tuesday.
Sevilla reportedly accepted £25.5 million (€30 million) plus Davinson Sanchez for the 22-year-old central defender, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Over the years, football fans have regarded Di Marzio as a reputable source of transfer information.
On Wednesday, though, another transfer heavyweight debunked those reports.
Nothing has changed in the recent week, according to Fabrizio Romano, regarding Kounde’s probable move to Spurs.
According to Romano, Sevilla is willing to sell the Frenchman if a “significant” proposal for his services comes through.
Despite their “excellent” connection, there is “no optimism” that the two teams will be able to reach an agreement.
According to Romano, Kounde is not in a hurry to decide his future, which is a setback for Fabio Paratici and Nuno’s transfer ambitions.
Nuno’s desire to improve his central defensive options ahead of his Spurs debut season is understandable.
Throughout his successful career at Wolves, the Portuguese head coach preferred a three-at-the-back formation.
Joe Rodon, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, and Cameron Carter-Vickers are the Spurs’ current possibilities.
Rodon is the lone player on the list that is thought to have a future with Tottenham Hotspur.
Alderweireld is 32 years old, while Dier and Sanchez struggled under Jose Mourinho and Ryan Mason last season.
Kounde would be an incredible signing for the club, but he won’t come cheap.
Spurs aren’t the only club interested in the France international, who has established himself as one of Europe’s best centre-backs at Sevilla.
He’d provide the club a world-class option for the next ten years, and he’d more than likely recoup his high investment and more.
Kounde is apparently valued at £51.1 million (€60 million) by Sevilla, which appears to be the minimum required to buy one of the top centre-backs in the present market.
Spurs may have to rely on sales to make up the difference as the football world recovers from the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
As a result, it’s possible that a transaction may be completed in the last days of the transfer window.