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Manchester United are looking to buy a central defender in the summer and have identified Jules Kounde as one of the targets. The defender is heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.

Sevilla have already identified Feyenoord defender Marcos Senesi as a potential replacement due to the fact they will most likely lose their star defender. The Red Devils have been a force to reckon with in the attacking department, but remain fragile in defence.

Jules Kounde remains the best option available for Manchester United and the following five reasons justify why he should be bought by the English giants.

5. Complete the squad overhaul

Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was announced as the permanent manager of Manchester United, the transfer policy has seen a major overhaul. Several older players have been moved on and the recruitment has focused on young players who are ambitious.

Jules Kounde fits the bill for Manchester United. If the Red Devils manage to sign the player, the squad overhaul will have reached its full completion. The player will compliment a changed strategy which has seen the arrival of players like Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and more.

4. Partnership with Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire remains one of the best when it comes to clearances and aerial duels. He is the sort of defender who likes to use his physicality and hold the backline. However, Maguire lacks pace which would allow him to advance further to tackle forwards and/or cover the runners behind the channel.

A pacy defender like Jules Kounde would compliment him and create an incredible partnership. The 22-year-old is also a good passer of the ball and would add to what Victor Linelof brings to the table.

3. Future potential

Manchester United is one of the youngest teams in the Premier League. The future potential of their players is immense. The recruitment, as mentioned above, has focused on building a team for the future. Players like Aaron Wan-Bissaka will continue to play a vital role for at least the next decade.

Jules is merely 22-year-old and already has the experience of playing consistently in the La Liga and European competitions. His market value of €50m will only rise as the defender progresses in his career. The Frenchman would be a part of United’s long-term plans, if signed. 

2. Need a strong defence to challenge on all fronts

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done impressively to make Manchester United a competent team again. However, they have had trouble in winning silverware despite advancing into the semi-finals of most competitions. Their chances of winning the league title or a cup competition rely on a solid defence. The Frenchman will definitely reinforce the defensive department.

They can take a leaf out of Manchester City’s book, as the Blues have upgraded their team with Ruben Dias and are now looking unstoppable. Given Eric Bailly’s injury-prone tendency and Lindelof’s inconsistency, Manchester United need someone like Jules Kounde which can allow them a squad depth to challenge for competitions.

1. Running out of good options 

A lot of European clubs have their tabs on Jules Kounde. It is a fact that Manchester United need a center-back and have already lost out on Dayot Upamecano to Bayern Munich. 

Expectedly, the Red Devils are running out of options and Jules must be recruited if the club is serious in challenging their rivals. A player who fits the recruitment criteria, is young and has tons of future potential will not come around too often. The asking price, which is in the region of €50m – €70m should not dissuade the club from making a move.

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