Jules Kounde: Manchester City in talks for Sevilla defender, club deny bid for Jose Gimenez

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - SEPTEMBER 24: Thomas Muller of FC Bayern Munich competes for the ball with Jules Kounde of Sevilla FC during the UEFA Super Cup match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Sevilla at Puskas Arena on September 24, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Ge
Image: Kounde featured for Sevilla in their European Super Cup clash against Bayern Munich on Thursday

Manchester City are in talks with Sevilla to sign Jules Kounde as they ramp up their search for a centre-back.

Signing a second centre-back after Nathan Ake is the club's priority before the October 5 deadline and the 21-year-old has emerged as the preferred target.

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City are also looking at other options should they be unable to agree a deal for the Frenchman - but Kounde's centre-back partner Diego Carlos is not one of them.

The club have also categorically denied placing a £78m bid for Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez, after Atletico Madrid's president claimed he had rejected an offer for the central defender.

Although Gimenez is someone of interest, City will not be paying a similar fee for a centre-back in this window.

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The Transfer Talk team reveal Manchester City have denied making a £78m bid Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez

Speaking to a Spanish sports radio programme, Enrique Cerezo said: "We did receive the offer, but Gimenez is a magnificent player and we are interested in having magnificent players in the team."

Any move for the 25-year-old Uruguay international would be further complicated by the fact that he tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, and is currently self-isolating.

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Kalidou Koulibaly had been City's top target but his valuation has also remained too out of reach for City so far.

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Earlier this month, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claimed City were unwilling to speak to the Serie A club directly after the previous breakdown of a move for Jorginho in 2018.

The Italy international appeared to be on a brink of a move to the Etihad only for Napoli to make a last-minute U-turn and sell the player to Premier League rivals Chelsea instead.

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