Whilst Manchester United remain interested in Sevilla defender Jules Koundé, they are unwilling to meet his £68 million release clause.
And, if the Spanish club are not willing to budge on his valuation, then they may be forced to turn elsewhere.
The 22-year-old is regarded as one of the best centre-back prospects in Europe, and Manchester City attempted to sign him last summer. Instead, they turned their attention to Benfica’s Rúben Dias who has proved to be a shrewd purchase.
United remain keen on finding a long-term defensive partner for Harry Maguire and had identified Koundé as an ideal candidate to fulfil that role.
With football finances still stretched because of the Covid0-19 pandemic, United, like many clubs, have revised down their budget when it comes to transfer targets, and do not envisage paying the sort of money demanded by Sevilla for a centre-back.
They are also unlikely to revive their interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.