‘Not progressing’ – Fabrizio Romano issues update on Spurs centre-back pursuit 

Fabio Paratici
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Fabrizio Romano has revealed that the negotiations between Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla for Jules Kounde are not progressing as the two clubs had hoped.

Over the last couple of weeks, reports have indicated that Spurs have stepped up their pursuit of Kounde, who has had two solid seasons since moving to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in 2019.

Some sources have revealed over the past few days that Tottenham are the only club that are willing to meet Sevilla’s asking price for the centre-back.

It appeared as if the North Londoners had struck a deal for the 22-year-old when Gianluca Di Marzio reported on Tuesday that Tottenham had agreed on a price of €30m (£25.5m) plus Davinson Sanchez for Kounde.

However, that excitement did not last long, with reports quickly emerging that despite Tottenham reaching an agreement with Sevilla, the defender had turned down the chance to join the Premier League club since they are not in the Champions League.

Romano has now revealed that despite Sevilla’s willingness to sell Kounde and the La Liga club’s positive relationship with Spurs, the negotiations between the two clubs have been stuck for the past week. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

One certainly cannot accuse Paratici and Levy of lacking ambition after their pursuit of Kounde. However, the chances that we would be able to swoop for the Frenchman was always slim and I would expect the Spurs managing director to move on to the other names on his shortlist in the coming days.

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