Despite Didier Deschamps’ stunning announcement, Chelsea were informed that Jules Koundé would be undergoing surgery during the international break.
That is according to Diario de Sevilla, AS, and Sport Today, all of which report the story from different perspectives.
Deschamps sounded the alarm earlier this week when he revealed Kounde would be getting surgery to correct a muscular condition he’d been dealing with for the most of the season.
Many were taken aback by the revelation, given the injury was unknown at the time and appeared certain to derail any transfer plans in the following weeks.
For the past two months, Koundé has been widely connected with a move to Chelsea, with the Blues hoping to rekindle their interest in the Frenchman as a replacement for Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Surgery and the resulting layoff would very certainly jeopardize the sale, but the aforementioned newspapers claim that isn’t the situation today.
Sevilla did not anticipate Deschamps to divulge the information, according to Diario, especially since Chelsea has been ‘watching Kounde’s every move this summer.
As a result, they issued a brief statement on the subject, assuaging any anxieties and stating that he will be ready to play at the start of the season.
He will only be away for three weeks, according to their sources, and Chelsea, who are in ‘regular contact’ with his agent, are well aware of this. In fact, the agreement is ‘well-mapped out,’ and all parties have ‘connected the dots.’
Sport confirms this, stating that Koundé underwent successful surgery yesterday and that, if all goes according to plan, the defender will be absent for a maximum of four weeks. At most, it could be prolonged for another two weeks.
He will, however, be healthy for the start of next season, and Chelsea remain in contention, despite being irritated by Sevilla’s ‘excessive demands.’
AS is more dramatic, claiming that while surgery of this sort would ordinarily take one to three months to recover from, Koundé’s absence’should be the very minimum’ given he is only 23 years old.
In fact, the footballer anticipates returning to training ‘in a few weeks.’
They feel the issue will have no bearing on the transfer or the terms of the contract, although they do assert that Chelsea was ‘informed’ he would be receiving surgery.
Deschamps’ arrival was thus not a surprise to those in command at Stamford Bridge, but rather a confirmation of something they had already been told.
That should come as a relief to those who suspected Sevilla of a little skulduggery, and it may also explain why this deal, which appears to be a done deal, hasn’t been finalized yet.