Real Madrid eye France’s Kounde to replace Ramos

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Real Madrid are looking at options to replace Sergio Ramos and they consider French defender Jules Kounde to be the perfect candidate, according to Marca.

Kounde has been linked with a number of clubs this summer, including Manchester United, and Madrid are the latest to consider a move for his defensive talents.

However, the 22-year-old central defender has a buyout clause of €80 million, which could be too much for Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Madrid aren’t currently in a position to pay the premium fee required and as such they’re having to replace Ramos with a limited budget.

The other concern is whether or not Kounde has the same leadership qualities as Ramos to help bring out the best in Raphael Varane and Eder Militao.

Talking of Varane, his contract expires next year, and the Spanish outlet says Madrid could allow him to leave this summer and free up funds to sign Kounde.

Kounde’s employers Sevilla have shown little willingness to accept anything less than his buyout clause.

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