Everton boss Koeman will "accept" if board say targets are too expensive
But Blues boss says he only has first-choice targets and won't seek cheaper options
Ronald Koeman says he must “accept” if Everton’s board deem a transfer target too expensive.
Everton had a £19m bid for Manchester United’s Morgan Schneiderlin rejected this week but are expected to return with an improved offer and remain hopeful of landing the midfielder.
Koeman believes buying and selling clubs ‘play games’ in January in order to get the best deal possible.
But the Blues boss says that if the board decide to walk away from the negotiating table on one of his targets then he will have to accept the disappointment - but insists he won’t go searching for cheaper alternatives.
“I think that is from the last couple of years that business sometimes is really difficult,” Koeman said.
“It is always a game between the club who needs to sell or likes to sell a player and what Everton or other teams like to pay for a player. These are negotiations. Sometimes it is going fast and sometimes it takes more time than we like.”
“That final decision is always by the board,” he added.
“I am not the man involved in the money or the number to sign a new player. It is my technical view of the player.
“If the final decision by the board is that the player is too expensive and we don’t pay that price for the player I need to accept it.”
Koeman says the club have identified the first choice targets for this window and will not be looking for second best if they fail to land them.
“We know what we want, we know the players that we want and it is up to the board to make the deal and then, ok, if we don’t get that positive goal from the board then we are focused on what my job is which is to prepare the team for the next game,” he said.
“We will see if finally we get the players in because that is really important for the team. If not then we don’t sign other players because that is not what I want.”
If they go for big names in January then they'll have to pay the asking price as no club will sell a star player, especially a Premier League club, given the competitiveness of the league and the money at stake. Let's see our director of football do his job. We've just paid over £10 million for Lookman which is serious money in anybody's book.