REAL MADRID-SEVILLA

Koundé on Madrid's radar; Varane set to leave

The Frenchman has rushed his recovery in order to be able to play at the Di Stéfano. The 22-year-old is on Madrid's transfer wishlist for next season.

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Real Madrid can become LaLiga champions if they win all four of their remaining fixtures, starting tonight against Sevilla. After getting knocked out of the Champions League, it's now all or nothing for the remainder of the current campaign. The board are also thinking about next season and already have a list of potential players who could strengthen the squad. Among them is Seville centre-back Jules Koundé.

The defender will visit the Di Stéfano on Sunday, with a Sevilla squad still in the title race. Koundé, has been seriously impressive for the Andalusian outfit since joining from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux in 2019 and has had scouts from Madrid and other big clubs monitoring him closely.

The Frenchman knew that if he wanted to play he would have to recover from the muscular discomfort he has been carrying for the last two weeks. "He is improving and we believe he will be available," the player's entourage told this newspaper a few days ago about his involvement in Sunday's crunch clash. Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui has included him in the matchday squad.

Koundé on Madrid's radar

Koundé has been linked with a move to Los Blancos ahead of the 2021/22 season, in a bid to improve a defence that could no longer have Ramos and Varane to call upon. The club believes that Varane will leave this season and, with the money raised from his departure, they can sign a central defender as a replacement as long as the price is not excessive. Koundé is the number one candidate along with Villarreal defender Pau Torres. The problem Madrid face is that Sevilla will not sell him on the cheap. His release clause is €80 million, although the player's entourage tell this newspaper that they expect to let them leave if a club offers €60 million.

Premier League clubs also interested

Los Blancos are not the only ones interested. Manchester United and Chelsea have reportedly approached the player to know his situation to prepare an offer in the next window. Nothing is certain yet and Koundé prefers to keep all avenues open. There is still the possibility of another season at Sevilla. Against Madrid, he will watched closely as he comes up against fellow countryman Karim Benzema.