Manchester City are exploring the option of including Nicolas Otamendi in a deal to sign Jules Kounde, according to reports.
With less than two weeks to go until the transfer window closes, City are still hoping to bring another top quality centre-back to the club, despite the promising debut of Nathan Ake in the victory over Wolves.
Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly has been the top target all summer but the Serie A club's refusal to lower their lofty asking price for the 29-year-old - as well as the frosty relationship between the two clubs following the collapse of the Jorginho deal two years ago - has made negotiations difficult.
With City's need for a centre-back pressing as the October 5 deadline looms ever closer, M.E.N. Sport understands that 21-year-old Kounde has emerged as an interesting alternative.
The Frenchman only joined Sevilla last summer but he impressed in a season that saw the La Liga side lift the Europa League for a record sixth time.
According to Mundo Deportivo, as relayed by City Xtra, the Blues are interesting in trying to lower Kounde's asking price by including Nicolas Otamendi in a deal.
However, it said that Sevilla aren't convinced by the player and would rather have a cash only deal, with €60million plus add ons reportedly enough to secure the signing.
Kounde may have become the priority target as, if reports in Italy are to be believed, they have abandoned the chase for Koulibaly.
Naples publication Corriere del Mezzogiorno, via SportWitness, report that City have 'frozen' there attempts to sign the Senegal international after failing to agree a fee with Napoli.
It's claimed that the door is now open for Paris Saint-Germain to make a move, but the Parisians are also said to be put off by the asking price.