Chelsea’s failed pursuit of Jules Kounde last summer ended up having an effect on both teams’ seasons.
The defender was upset by the way that his club prevented the move by jacking up the asking price at the last minute, and while he didn’t go on strike or speak out, his levels dipped a little compared to his excellent previous efforts.
Chelsea meanwhile had to spend the whole season relying on the likes of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, whom they knew were leaving at the end of it.
A completed deal might have been better for both parties, but Sevilla general manager Jose Maria Cruz de Andres explained why it didn’t happen:
“The case with Jules Koundé is very similar to the case of Diego Carlos. Not in the timing because we received offers for Jules Koundé in the last two seasons but always in the summer market,” he told Sport Witness.
“We have rejected because we thought that this player can improve his performances. It was better to wait because the market at the time was depressing. We thought that waiting a while would [help us] obtain more money.”
In the end, they will probably get less than they would have done had they sold Kounde last summer, although we’re yet to see any details of the offer Chelsea will make to finally bring the France international to Stamford Bridge.