Man Utd’s ‘extensive’ Jules Kounde scouting mission ahead of transfer window

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Manchester United are reportedly looking to sign a new centre-back in the summer and they are said to have scouted Sevilla defender Jules Kounde extensively. Kounde has impressed since joining Sevilla from Bordeaux in 2019 and the Athletic claim United are interested in the 22-year-old.

On the latest Talk of the Devils podcast, it was revealed that United sent a scout to Seville to watch him in action against Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie which Dortmund won 3-2.

Former United defender Gary Neville believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice centre-back pairing of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof is a “problem”.

Speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football earlier this month, Neville urged United to sign a new defender to play alongside Maguire and Kounde could fit the bill.

Neville said: “Lindelof’s problem is Maguire, Maguire’s problem is Lindelof.

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“I think he [Lindelof] is a really good player by the way, he understands the game, he reads the game, I think he is a good defender.

“I think if he was alongside a [Rio] Ferdinand or [Virgil] Van Dijk, I think he would make a great pair.

“The problem is he is alongside somebody who isn’t the most mobile in Harry Maguire, and I think that is the problem that Lindelof has got.

“That actually they have invested £80m in Maguire, so they are going to have to put somebody beside him.

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“I don’t think he does a good job alongside Maguire because they both just drop back a little bit and United need someone to get up the pitch.

“They have got to get up the pitch, they have got to be more aggressive.

“They have got to have the nerve to make the stomach churn a little bit, that there is a bit too much space in behind them than there ordinarily would be and that is what the best teams have.

“The thing is they are not going to turf Maguire out.

“He is the rock, they paid £80million for him, he has played every minute.

“He is the one they are going to build the defence around.

“So what you have to do is find the partner for him.

“That has got to be somebody with the physicality and profile of Bailly, someone who is quick, good in the air, strong and can cover Maguire one on one but is also going to get them up the pitch and allow them to play a little bit higher.”

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