According to Daily Mail, Manchester United are unwilling to meet the £68million release clause of Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde.
The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the best centre-back prospects in Europe over the past 18 months, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems him as an ideal partner in defence for Manchester United captain Harry Maguire.
Despite having a keen interest in the Sevilla defender, Manchester United are mindful of paying what the club consider inflated prices in the current climate.
The club is hopeful we can negotiate a more realistic fee for the Sevilla star, including a deal for Jadon Sancho, who is valued at £100m by Borussia Dortmund.
Premier League rivals Manchester City tried to sign the Sevilla defender during the summer but Sevilla’s valuation prompted City to accelerate their £62m move for Ruben Dias instead.
Sevilla sporting director Monchi admitted their asking price may have been inflated but he has a duty to protect the club’s future.
“Despite being a magnificent offer, very, very good, it did not satisfy the requests or what we thought of the player,” he told El Desmarque.
“Perhaps it was not what he was worth, because possibly that offer was close to what he was worth at that moment but we also have to think about what he can be worth [in the future].”
Kounde has made 32 appearances for Sevilla this season, scoring 3 goals.