‘Red card harsh on Chelsea’ – Klopp on James sending off
For most of the summer it appeared that Chelsea would be bringing in Jules Kounde from Sevilla, but the Sun reports that the club offered £42.8 million and then failed to follow up with another bid to meet the 22-year-old French international’s release clause of £68 million. As a result Kounde will stay with Sevilla, though he is disappointed at missing out on a move.
JULES KOUNDE’S transfer to European champions Chelsea was BLOCKED by the Sevilla board.
Paper Round’s view: Kounde will now surely leave in the next summer when more clubs should be in a healthy financial position and be in a state where they can simply activate his transfer clause. However Chelsea may have considered their need less pressing when Saul Niguez became available, and Trevor Chalobah looked to be an option in defence this year.
Manchester United agreed to pay for Cristiano Ronaldo in £2.5 million installments for a £20m total to Juventus, and the Mirror claims that with £32.5m in Ronaldo shirt sales already achieved, they have now covered the outlay for the player, who has joined on a two-year deal from the Italian side, more than a decade after originally leaving the club.
Away from football, the Mail believes that Mercedes are set to announce the signing of George Russell from fellow Formula One team Williams. The 23-year-old driver will form an all-British partnership with Lewis Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas set to move on to another team, Alfa Romeo instead of partnering the 36-year-old current champion any longer.