Well, that was my initial reaction, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense to me if I was Ezri Konsa. I suspect there was no real Premier League interest, at least those willing to meet an asking price or a timing. So Ezri, unlike many young ambitious footballers, decides that the next step on the ladder is a move up to somewhere he can be a regular, stay in London and be in a more populous shop window.
Let’s face it. Brentford are a far better proposition than us. They may not be loaded with parachute or foreign money, but they have a plan, a system that has them competing beyond themselves and will over time give them an advantage. Currently we offer Konsa none of those things so farewell Ezri and good luck.
No mention of a fee officially but £2.5m plus add-ons is what has been shared. Now, does that money go into RD’s pocket? Duchatelet has previous on this when just before he sold Standard Liege, he cashed in on players, and retained rights to future sell on windfalls, and held young player’s contracts.
With Josh Magennis next on the Belgian’s cash-in list, how does this affect the Australian’s bid? Are they party to Konsa’s sale? Can they at this point influence who stays and who goes and does that transfer fee come off the sale price of the club?
It doesn’t sit well with me and who an earth is sanctioning these deals?