Girondins de Bordeaux’s push for the Ligue 1 title, their first in a decade, has been overshadowed by their chase to sign Yoann Gourcuff from Milan. The ‘will he, won’t he’ saga took another twist late last night as his father, Christian, stated that he believes a deal could yet be struck.
The future of Gourcuff junior in the domestic French game looked bleak over the weekend as Laurent Blanc announced to L’Equipe that he felt the young prodigy would leave the Stade Chaban Delmas in order to pit himself at the Rossoneri once again. Gourcuff senior, on the other hand, is not so certain.
“The fact that discussions were held with Bordeaux showed the will to reach agreement,” the Lorient boss told Europe 1. “We must find an arrangement that is good for everybody.”
Les Girondins’ hierarchy do not seem particularly positive about the move being made permanent. “I will not make a single comment on Gourcuff, except that he is a great player,” declared Nicolas de Tavernost, CEO of M6, the company that own the club. “I don’t want to disrupt the end of our season. We have never hidden our desire to keep the player. We have the means.”
Certainly it does not appear that wages are a sticking point in the deal. According to France Football, there is greater concern over the minimum fee release clause that Yoann Gourcuff wants installed in the contract, and that is where the problems are arising. With Bordeaux set to invest around €13 million in the player, they will wish to make a substantial profit when he does move on – a small release fee would prohibit that.
Nevertheless, club president Jean-Louis Triaud is a little more upbeat. “What counts is not what has been said, it is what will happen,” he told Sud Ouest. “We will do our utmost to keep Gourcuff.”
The midfielder, who has scored 12 goals for les Marin et Blanc this season, has been exceptional and is a front runner for Ligue 1’s Player of the Year trophy.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com