Manchester City could offer as much as €70m plus Nicolas Otamendi for Sevilla’s Jules Koundé, and that is an offer the Spanish side would be unable to resist.
That’s according to Estadio Deportivo, who say that Sevilla director of football Monchi is more than aware that the club must continue their successful strategy of selling players for big profit.
It is something they have done to great success during both periods he has been at the club and, despite a desire to keep their top talent, is something they will continue with moving forwards.
Thus the likes of Koundé, who has been one of the star performers alongside Diego Carlos in defence, will be sold for the right price.
Manchester City have already seen a €55m offer for him rejected, but reports in England have claimed that they will return to the fray before the end of the window.
Those same reports stated that City could go as high as €77m plus Otamendi in the bidding and Estadio say that should they make such an offer, Monchi ‘may no longer be able to say no’.
He sent out a reminder of the club’s policy this week and how it will not be changed given the success they’ve enjoyed and the fact that any money accrued would allow him to get the extra signings that manager Julen Lopetegui has asked for.
Indeed, he has already planned for Koundé’s departure and has several players lined up to replace him should he head to the Etihad.
As has been the case with their other targets, namely Kalidou Koulibaly, Manchester City just need to put the right money on the table to get their man and the signing Pep Guardiola has wanted all summer.