Journalist Ian McGarry revealed on the Transfer Window Podcast this week that Arsenal may now look towards Jules Kounde as their Ben White pursuit has stalled.
McGarry claimed that while Brighton have named a fee for White this summer, they have not yet entered any kind of serious discussions about his future.
While the journalist admitted that it could be a bargaining tool, he revealed that both Arsenal and Chelsea were now ‘in the mix’ for Kounde in the transfer market.
This comes after Gianluca Di Marzio reported this week that Spurs had reached an agreement with Sevilla for a Kounde transfer, with a fee of around €30m (£25.6m) plus Davinson Sanchez.
However, Marca have reported that the defender has ‘refused to start a negotiation’ with Tottenham as he wants to move to a Champions League club and is expecting an offer from ‘the upper echelons’.
Sky Sport Italia journalist Matteo Moretto also revealed that the centre-back has ‘said no’ to Spurs, even though the North London club reached an agreement with Sevilla.
McGarry said: “An interesting development has been that Brighton have so far not entered into any serious discussions regarding White’s future.
“They have named a price and that is a basic £50 million fee, plus add-ons and potentially a sell-on fee as well.
“This has led to Jules Kounde of Sevilla being in the mix with both clubs – both London clubs [Arsenal and Chelsea] – someone who is clearly a prospect and also who is flexible, he is not just a centre-back, he can play at right-back as well.
“I wonder if this will become a bargaining chip against Brighton in terms of the sale of White, or could it be the case that Kounde could well become a player for one of those clubs, making White the only option for the other. It’s a strange see-saw development.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
It appears that Kounde is waiting for a Chelsea type club to come in and bid for him, rather than Spurs or Arsenal. At the end of the day, if the player does not want to join, you have to move on. However, I love the idea of using Davinson Sanchez in a player-plus-cash deal.
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