Whilst everything appeared to be hunky-dory with regards to Wahbi Khazri’s move to St Etienne earlier this week, speculation amongst supporters of the Greens suggests that the deal may have hit a snag.
The Tunisia international traveled to France on Monday and completed a medical having previously already agreed terms, and the deal was expected to be signed off by Tuesday, but nothing yet has been confirmed - which has led to panic amongst the Saint-Etienne fans regarding why nothing official has came from their club yet.
Dossier Khazri : le joueur a passé sa VM à l’Etrat lundi. RAS. Désaccord sur l’offre écrite par rapport aux engagements oraux. Situation tendue lundi soir et mardi mais en train de s’apaiser depuis hier. Le joueur toujours motivé pour venir. La suite au prochain épisode ! #khazri— мануЛонжон - Manu (@ManuLonjon) July 12, 2018
Yahoo Sport journalist Manu Lonjon confirmed on his Twitter account that whilst the deal had been provisionally agreed between Khazri and his prospective new club, the player and his representatives were not satisfied with the deal right near the end.
Talks continued across Monday and Tuesday, and disagreements were had, but Lonjon states that yesterday was a little more productive and that the player still wishes to commit himself to Saint-Etienne in the future.
Fan outlet peuple-vert.fr speculated earlier today that another big club had came in with a bigger offer, but we understand that to be false.
The likelihood is that a deal will be concluded soon and that Khazri will be announced as a Saint-Etienne player sooner rather than later, so sit tight and wait for that confirmation to come.
What we do know is that Sunderland stand to make €9m from the deal - a significant amount that will undoubtedly help to boost the club’s coffers whilst we look to recruit further before the season begins.