Communications Director for Hearts of Oak, Kwame Opare Larbi Addo has indicated that money was never an issue in the failed contract talks with Joseph Esso which resulted in his exit.
On August 7, 2020, the Phobians through a communique on their official website announced that they are partying ways with the highly-rated forward together with some other 4 first-team players.
The news has generated a lot of controversy with some supporters accusing the management of the team of incompetence in the handling of the transfer issues of players.
In all the talks, it has been speculated that no agreement could be reached between Hearts of Oak and Joseph Esso because the club couldn’t afford his monetary demands.
Speaking to FOX FM however, Opare Addo has rubbished those assertions. According to him, money was never an issue but rather the number of years the player wanted to sign.
“Money was never an issue in our negotiations with Esso, he wanted to sign for just a season whilst we negotiated for a 2-year deal.
“It wasn’t going to make a business sense for us to have signed him on a year deal. Since we couldn’t reach a compromise we had to let go of him”, the Hearts of Oak Communications Director said.
Meanwhile, a return of Esso to Hearts has fallen into the mud with the player reportedly agreeing to personal terms to join rivals Asante Kotoko.