Chelsea must pay severance clause: Sevilla director Monchi explains Koundé situation

Chelsea must pay severance clause: Sevilla director Monchi explains Koundé situation

Sevilla director of football Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, aka “Monchi”, held a press conference in recent hours, in which he elaborated on Jules Koundé’s situation.

In short, Chelsea must pay the breakout clause if we want the 22-year-old centre-back back. That’s at least €80 million, possibly €90 million if reports that it would rise by €10 in the last few weeks of the transfer window are true.

“The possibility that he can leave here before midnight is the same as other colleagues who have release clauses. Just like [Lucas] Ocampos or Bono, we could do nothing there.”

The bottom line: Chelsea have failed to make Sevilla change their mind, despite all the rumours. As Monchi claims, we only made one offer last Wednesday (€50-55 million), and did not respond to their Friday counter-offer (€65-70 million), meaning we would now have to pay the release clause ( €80-90 million). I’m guessing those values ​​based on the previous coverage of this situation, Seville’s supposedly “sudden” €15 million increase and the aforementioned stance of the release clause.

“The most of [the approaches were] rejected by the player himself, but there was one club he liked, which is Chelsea. The first and only formal offer was made last Wednesday, around 5pm, for an amount that did not meet our expectations and on the condition that Chelsea sell a player.

“It was an important offer, given today’s world where there are so many hardships, but it didn’t meet our requirements, conditions or quantities. I spoke to the player’s agent some time ago because the more time passed, the harder it would be for him to leave. We set the deadline on the 20th and extended it to the 25th. We responded with a counter offer with a deadline of last Friday night (the 27th) and they have not responded. Since then there has been no contact. Chelsea’s formal offer, Sevilla’s formal response, but nothing else.”

So that seems pretty obvious to me unfortunately. The delays surrounding Kurt Zouma’s transfer certainly didn’t make it any easier for us to meet their demands, but it sounds like we missed our deadlines even if we intended to meet them, at least from Sevilla’s perspective. I doubt that Marina Granovskaia will give such a detailed press conference anytime soon, so we have to speculate about our intentions and actions.

Oh, and as for Koundé’s little mini-attack last weekend, it sounds like that has already been ironed out.

“The decision not to travel to Elche was taken together. He’s a great guy and a great professional, but he’s not a superhero. [He] asked us for a short time, although he was willing to play. Logical and little else. […] People will see what happened as normal [just as it did once with] the great daniel [Alves] and the Sevilla fans love him very much.”

-Monchi; source: marca

It sounds like they’ll love him for at least one more season, for a third summer saga in a row.

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