In the Jules Kounde transfer story, Chelsea’s Marina Granovskaia learns from Harry Maguire.
Chelsea were unable to sign Jules Kounde this summer.
Chelsea may have failed to sign Jules Kounde, but it will benefit them in the transfer market in the long run. Manchester United made a similar mistake when they signed Harry Maguire, and they’ve been paying the price ever since.
Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s chief executive, is known for her ability to negotiate big transfer fees while while decreasing costs.
That was clear over the last two months, when the Blues sold a number of marginal players for a large sum of money.
Tammy Abraham, Marc Guehi, Fikayo Tomori, and Kurt Zouma all earned more than £100 million, covering the Romelu Lukaku fee and even leaving some change.
Granovskaia, on the other hand, was adamant in her pursuit of Saul Niguez, insisting on a purchase option rather than an obligation, as Atletico Madrid desired, and she got her way.
However, the Kounde saga has revealed another side of the Russian when things do not go as planned after a deal appears to be done and dusted.
A verbal agreement had been reached for the Frenchman to join Chelsea in a deal for roughly £52 million.
Given that Sevilla had previously rejected far more from Manchester City, this is a spectacular bit of business.
However, at the last minute, the club’s transfer manager Monchi wanted an additional £13 million to cover Kounde’s release clause, bringing the total to £65 million.
According to the former AS Roma director, Chelsea never spoke to Sevilla again after that, thereby terminating the agreement.
Monchi stated, “The sole formal offer from Chelsea came last Wednesday.”
“We were unhappy with the offer, which was contingent on Chelsea selling a player. It was a reasonable rate, however it didn’t match our requirements. Chelsea hasn’t been in touch with us since Friday night.”
Kounde is a wonderful talent who has been dubbed one of La Liga’s best defenders, and many Chelsea fans are dissatisfied with the way the trade fell through.
But Granovskaia is no fool, and she sees the big picture, knowing that paying more now will only cause problems later.
The Maguire problem at United, who had tried to sign him, could have taught United a lesson. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”