Newcastle are set to reignite talks with Sevilla over their pursuit of centre back Jules Koundé.
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That’s according to recent reports out of Spain, with Mundo Deportivo claiming that the Tyneside club are one of the clubs after the Frenchman’s signature this summer.
They report that Eddie Howe’s side had a bid of €70m (£60m) rejected for the 23-year-old in January, following an influx of cash coming into the club following their takeover in October 2021.
Premier League rivals Chelsea and LaLiga outfit Barcelona are also in contention for the Parisian native, who has quickly become one of the most in-demand defenders following consistently impressive performances for club and country, with former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell touting him as a “top, top player”.
What appeals to Newcastle about Koundé is that, as such a highly-rated player, he can be a marquee defender to spark a statement of intent at St. James’ Park, in a similar vein to what January signing Bruno Guimarães has done in the heart of their midfield.
Since joining four months ago, the Brazilian has transformed the team’s fortunes, with five goals in ten Premier League starts, helping bring the Magpies clear of the relegation zone and into a comfortable mid-table position.
But they will need even more top tier signings to compete with the top 6 sides in the Premier League next season, and with the acquisition of the £54m-rated defender, it sends a message to their rivals that they are serious in their pursuit of trophies.
With nine caps for the France national team and a Europa League winners medal already under his belt, he would be a massive upgrade for the Toon and could create a brilliant partnership with Dan Burn, who has impressed since his mid-season move to the North of England.
This is enforced by former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie, who claims that Burn offers an “experienced head” which benefits the progression of the younger players at the club, so a move to St James’ Park could be ideal for Koundé to develop his game into being one of the best in the world, which he certainly has the potential to become.
Once lauded as “pretty special” by Spanish football expert Euan McTear, Kounde would be a much-needed upgrade to the Magpies’ backline.
And in other news, Newcastle could be getting a new goalkeeper joining their ranks