It wasn’t a lot a gazumping as Chelsea having second ideas, claims Sevilla sporting director Monchi in an interview / PR-exercise that tells their model of the Jules Koundé saga, which ended (or is about to finish) with the 23-year -old signing for Barcelona after virtually signing for Chelsea this summer time and final, and for Manchester City the summer time earlier than that.
While this smacks of Monchi and his membership making an attempt to avoid wasting face after strengthening an in-division rival but once more, if we take it at face worth, it additionally appears like Chelsea did develop precise doubts whether or not Koundé is somebody we actually want. Whether that is in mild of giving another person the chance — Colwill? Azpilicueta? — or having a unique switch goal in thoughts — please say Škriniar, please say Škriniar — I suppose we’ll have to only wait and see to seek out out.
It’s an extended interview, however listed here are the related bits:
“There have been extra suitors for Koundé initially of the market than on the finish, and above all, the one who has stayed is Chelsea, who within the final month have stored us busy and negotiating to the purpose that final Thursday we reached a verbal settlement and so did the participant.”
“Football by no means ceases to shock you. Chelsea started to have doubts and pulled out. They did not doubt Jules’ high quality however his place throughout the squad.”
“Everything stopped over the weekend, after which Barcelona appeared. It’s essential to say this, however the first time Alemany obtained in touch was on Monday. He confirmed his curiosity in signing Koundé.”
“We obtained a suggestion that was decrease than what we had in thoughts, however we renegotiated with them and reached an settlement for a club-record sale” […] It was an excellent supply, and with out funds to intermediaries. Whether we prefer it or not, the market units the rules and dictates the costs. The affords we had two years in the past from Manchester City, final 12 months from Chelsea and this 12 months from Manchester City and Barcelona have been for a similar quantity.”
“On Thursday evening Koundé was ‘offered’ to Chelsea, for a price accepted by all events. They started to have doubts and pulled out. Due to conditions that come up generally, regardless of how lengthy you have been on this world, there was some motion at Chelsea that made them doubt whether or not they wanted a participant with Koundé’s profile.”
“They waited a bit and that wait went on till Barcelona appeared. Chelsea got here again once more, however Barcelona’s supply was higher. When you might have two choices on the desk, you play with them and the participant was happy with going to Barcelona, with higher situations for our membership.”
-Monchi; supply: Sevilla FC
I nonetheless want them nothing however gradual Wi-Fi and itchy toes.