Wagner, Kone and more: Transfers that didn’t happen in MLS this summer

It was a flash window for Ismael Kone, who didn’t have one but of them trips to the English Championship come close but fail. The second came on deadline day when he was in advanced talks to join Sheffield United in a deal worth around $5.2million.

Kone was supposed to replace Sander Berge… but the Norwegian international never left for Club Brugge in Belgium, as had been announced and expected. Sheffield’s deal for Kone therefore fell through.

Earlier this summer, Norwich City reportedly agreed a $6m deal set to sign Kone from CF Montreal, but the transfer reportedly fell through late.

Kone spoke about it himself.

“They came to the door, they made a concrete offer,” Kone told French-language media in Montreal. The Press about Norwich. “Yes, they came to watch me, but we didn’t agree on the commercial plan. I don’t think about when I’m going there, where I’m going to be, etc. I focus on me, to become the best player possible and to help the team. I focus on now and that’s it.”

Kone, 20, is 2g/3y in 21 appearances in midfield for Montreal this season as the club sit second in the Eastern Conference standings. He is likely to go to the World Cup with Canada as his stock continues to rise.

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