Sevilla have broken their own transfer record to bring in defender Jules Kounde from Bordeaux, it has been confirmed.
With the new season firmly on the horizon, the Andalusian club have been putting plans into place to improve their squad and push for a Champions League place.
Numerous players have been linked with a move to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and news has now been released that Kounde has arrived for a fee of €25m.
The 20-year-old defender travelled to Seville earlier this week to undergo a medical which was successful, before putting pen-to-paper on a deal.
The youngster becomes the fifth summer signing for Sevilla, joining Diego Carlos, Maxi Wober, Munas Dabbur, Joan Jordan and Luke de Jong at the club.
With the arrivals of Kounde, Carlos and Wober – Sevilla are expected to allow Sergi Gomez and Simon Kjaer both to the club this summer.
Born in Paris, Kounde began his youth career with Fraternelle de Landira, before spells with Ceron and La Brede FC.
It was in 2013 that he was signed to a contract with Bordeaux – before making his debut for the B side in 2018 and further progressing to the firs team, where he has featured no less than 70 times, scoring four goals in the process.
Will Kounde be a success at Sevilla?
What will be key for this coming season for the club is their defence, which ultimately let them down towards the latter part of last term.
Kounde – if all the hype is to be believed – has what it takes to become one of Europe’s top defenders and he is highly regarded amongst coaches and scouts across the continent.
A partnership with young Ajax defender Wober sounds very promising but Sevilla fans should remain patient – given their tender age.