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Monchi on Kounde’s departure: Chelsea called back, but Barcelona’s offer was better

Sevilla sporting director Monchi has discussed about Jules Kounde‘s departure after Barcelona officially announced his signing on Thursday.

Monchi revealed that Chelsea made contact to sign the Frenchman, but Barcelona‘s offer was better that the one received from the Premier League club.

“It’s a story that I would like to give normality and tranquillity to,” said Monchi.

“We have a business model that allows us to be here today.

“Through our capital gains, we maintain a workforce well above our ordinary income.

“The workforce takes almost 100 percent or even more of those revenues.

“In the last three years we have only made one major sale [Bryan Gil].

“This summer we had a financial problem because we have not sold before.

“That has led us to make the sales that we haven’t made in the past. These are two great sales.

“We have been able to get some significant figures without paying intermediaries or commissions.

“It was a very good offer.

“The market dictates the value of the player.

“We needed to sell [Kounde], we said so calmly.

“I am satisfied. We have done what we had to do defending the interests of Sevilla.

“It’s true that in the end Chelsea wanted to come back [with an offer], but Barcelona‘s offer was better than the one from Chelsea.

“The best offer we received was from Barcelona.”

Monchi revealed that the talks were slightly complicated due to the fact that an agreement was reached first with Chelsea, who finally backed out, and then with Barcelona.
Not before. They made us an offer lower than what we were looking for.
“And then they arrived at a significant amount, being the most important sale in the club’s history, not only because of the amount but also because of the time.”

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