From Blues to Blues? During this month of June, Jules Koundé joined the France team. Didier Deschamps once again trusted the versatile central defender, whom he lined up in a three-man defense as in the right-back position. And it was precisely as a back that he started the match against Croatia last night (1-0 defeat). Defensively overwhelmed and practically non-existent offensively, the former Bordeaux player proved once again that he was not necessarily comfortable in this position. Which is worrying a few months before the World Cup, where DD has no certainties and is looking for solutions.
A bad evening therefore for Jules Koundé, replaced at half-time by Benjamin Pavard and who received the note of 3 for his match from the FM editorial staff. But the galley continued for him after the meeting. Indeed, Deschamps has made an important announcement about the 23-year-old. “I know very well his athletic condition today (sic). Tomorrow, he will have an intervention (surgical, editor’s note) because he has a problem that dates from several months ago. The Team explains that it is a problem with the hamstrings that the player has been dragging on for many months, he who played injured.
Seville calm everyone down
The defender will therefore pass on the billiards this Tuesday. But we do not yet know the duration of his unavailability. Sevilla, however, indicated via a press release that he would be fit for the resumption. “Jules Koundé is undergoing a scheduled operation in Bordeaux today. As planned for several weeks, Jules Koundé will be operated on Tuesday in Bordeaux for minor discomfort in the left inguinal ring. In principle, if all goes as planned, the French international will be available to start the 2022/23 season.. AS indicates that this type of injury requires 1 to 3 months off.
But the Frenchman is young and could get back on his feet quickly in the best of circumstances. Despite everything, this physical discomfort does not come at the best time since Koundé is concerned by a transfer. It’s no secret that Xavi dreams of bringing him to FC Barcelona and making him a potential starter. But the footballer born in 98 gives his priority to Chelsea, where he wishes to collaborate with Thomas Tuchel with whom he would have already exchanged. There, he would reinforce a depopulated defensive sector after the departures of Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen.
Chelsea are worried
But Koundé’s injury has not reassured the Blues, who need an operational defender immediately. the DailyMail explains that the Londoners are still in the game but that the vagueness surrounding the injury of the player, who will undergo surgery, could put the brakes on a transfer this summer. The club therefore follows other players, such as De Ligt or Skriniar. Same observation for The Athletic which indicates that this physical glitch could impact his future. On his side, AS goes a step further and explains that “His transfer to Chelsea is in progress but in danger”.
The Iberian media ensures that this injury can affect his future but especially the price of his transfer. Sevilla and Chelsea, who were aware of the player’s embarrassment, were discussing a deal worth around €60m, not including possible bonuses. But with this operation, AS indicates that the conditions of sale could well be revised downwards. Which does not suit the Andalusians, who hope to recover between 60 and 70 million euros thanks to the French. Moreover, Monchi can’t complete the defense files (the club wants at least 3 central defenders) as long as Kounde has not been sold. The concern is therefore great for the Spaniards like the player, whose transfer to the Blues had already failed last year.