BREAKING NEWS: coming from Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United looks set to sign Barcelona star centre-back who can also play as a right-back. According to a reliable source, “We are told that Ineos aim to bring in a centre-back who can also play at right-back when needed, and they feel that Kounde fits this requirement perfectly. Manchester United have made contact with Barcelona and it look like the deal will go through as Manchester United are reportedly ready to meet with Barcelona asking price of €50m. “Fits requirement perfectly”: United planning blockbuster €50m swoop on Barcelona for “versatile” gem.


Manchester United will need to bolster their defense after a dismal season, with several key defenders potentially leaving this summer.

The Red Devils conceded a staggering 85 goals across all competitions and allowed the joint-most goals in the Champions League group stages. The team also conceded three or more goals in 15 matches across all competitions.

Raphael Varane has already announced his departure, and Jonny Evans might not receive a contract extension with his current deal ending in June.

Both Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have been linked with moves away, necessitating the need for a new right-sided center-back to partner with Lisandro Martinez.

A defensive overhaul seems imminent. Another area requiring reinforcement is the right-back position. While Diogo Dalot has secured his spot as the starter, Aaron Wan-Bissaka could leave after an injury-ridden season where he struggled to improve his on-the-ball skills.

With limited funds, an ideal signing would be a player capable of performing well in both center-back and right-back roles. Football Transfers reports that Barcelona defender Jules Kounde is open to a move this summer, fitting United’s requirements perfectly.

Kounde prefers playing as a center-back, although former Barcelona coach Xavi often deployed him as a right-back, a role the player was not entirely happy with.

The 25-year-old’s excellent technical skills and agility allow him to excel in both positions. Barcelona is asking for €50 million for Kounde.

“Manchester United are interested in signing Barcelona defender Jules Kounde, who is open to leaving the Nou Camp,” according to FootballTransfers.

Versatile Kounde on United’s agenda
“We are told that Ineos aim to bring in a center-back who can also play at right-back when needed, and they feel that Kounde fits this requirement perfectly.

Sources have indicated that Barcelona, in need of funds, are willing to sell Kounde this summer if the right fee of around €50 million is offered, and the Frenchman is open to leaving the Nou Camp.”

The former Sevilla star made 48 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring two goals and registering double the assists. He also contributed to 19 clean sheets.

With Manchester United needing more than one center-back, Kounde might be a worthwhile option. However, whether the club has the budget to sign him remains to be seen.

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