A few weeks after an aborted transfer to Norwich, CF Montreal midfielder Ismaël Koné was once again talked about in England. The Sheffield United club wanted to acquire the 20-year-old Quebecer, but the sale once again fell through.
The English journalist of the « Daily Telegraph » Mike McGrath reported on Thursday that the fate of the young player is linked to that of midfielder Sander Berge. Sheffield has not, however, formalized the sale of its Norwegian player, who was in the sights of Club Brugge, before the closing of the summer transfer window in Europe.
According to the daily « Sheffield Star », it would be very surprising for Koné to join the « Blades », even if it is not uncommon for transactions to be announced the day after the deadline.
The renowned journalist of « The Guardian » Fabrizio Romano had however indicated that an agreement was imminent and that it could reach, with the bonuses, 5 million pounds sterling, or 7.6 million $CAN. This transfer would have been as expensive as that of Djordje Mihailovic, who was acquired last week by Alkmaar Zaanstreek, in the Netherlands.
Like Norwich, Sheffield United plays in the Championship, the English second division. First in the standings, the team from the big industrial city played in the Premier League two years ago.
Koné made his professional debut in 2022, playing 22 games in all competitions, including 16 starts. He had two goals and three assists.
He also made his national team debut with Canada, playing two games in March. He has a contract with CF Montreal valid until December 31.