Jules Kounde came close to joining Man City

Pep Guardiola wanted to sign Kounde back in 2020.

The Frenchman joined Barcelona this summer in a deal worth around £47m and is regarded as one of the best centre-backs in Europe.

Man City signed Ruben Dias in 2020 for £62m who then went to be the Premier League Player of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association and was voted City’s player of the season.

But Guardiola wanted to sign Kounde in 2020 who eventually joined Sevilla in that summer.

Jules Kounde spoke to El Pais this week that Man City were interested in him two summers ago.

“In my first year at Sevilla [2020] Guardiola called me. He told me that he loved me and that he believed I would fit the way City play,” he said.

“I talked a lot about football with both of them [Guardiola and Barcelona boss Xavi]. I realised that they had both seen me play and knew my abilities perfectly. They weren’t just talking: they were very precise conversations.”


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