Man City to rival Barcelona for Sevilla's Jules Kounde if Nathan Ake leaves - sources

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Manchester City will join Barcelona in the race for Sevilla's Jules Kounde if centre-back Nathan Ake leaves the Etihad this summer, sources have told ESPN.

Sources have said that City will also consider a move for Villarreal's Pau Torres as a replacement for Ake if the Netherlands international moves on.

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Sevilla are looking to offload Kounde, 23, to balance their books, but Barca have so far been unable to act on their longstanding interest due to their precarious financial situation.

That could open the door for City to move for Kounde, although sources have told ESPN that they will only move for the highly rated France centre-back or Torres, 25, if Ake departs.

Kounde has made 133 appearances for Sevilla since joining from Bordeaux in 2019 and played a key role as the Spanish side won the Europa League in 2020.

Torres, meanwhile, is a mainstay at the back for Villarreal having risen through the ranks there, and has made 19 appearances for Spain.

Chelsea are interested in signing Ake, who started out at the west London club before moving to Bournemouth and then City in 2020, but he is not the only defensive target for Thomas Tuchel's side.

Sources have told ESPN that Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, while they are also weighing up approaches for Paris Saint-Germain's Presnel Kimpembe and Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.

Chelsea are looking to strengthen their backline after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.