It seems things are getting a little bizarre in the attempt of Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas to cash in on his star striker Bafetimbi Gomis this summer, before Gomis becomes a free agent next year.
Bafetimbi Gomis – conflicts with Lyon owner
And the hold-up in his transfer, hopefully to Newcastle, may not be because of Newcastle at all, but because the owner is asking too much for a player who will become a free agent in less than twelve months.
News in L’Equipe today that the relationship between owner and striker have deteriorated – although they were never very good to start with.
Bafetimbi Gomis and Jean-Michel Aulas were scheduled to meet yesterday to discuss the transfer, but it seems that Gomis didn’t bother turning up.
Here is what L’Equipe has reported Aulas are saying today:
“We gave him a letter by hand but he did not come,”
Gomis and his agents are saying that Lyon are asking €10M (£8.5M) plus a €2 (£1.7M) bonus, which is far too much in their eyes.
On the other hand, Lyon are accusing Gomis of asking for too large a signing-on bonus, so maybe the problem lies in the greed of both Lyon and the player – and Newcastle seem to be right in the middle of it.
If either of the above two claims are true it makes it much more difficult for the Magpies to sign Gomis.
There’s a circus going on with this transfer, but it could be at Lyon rather than at Newcastle.
But of course there’s always Loic Remy of QPR available, and Darren Bent of Aston Villa too, so we are assuming Newcastle are moving on parallel fronts for all three strikers.
Here’s still hoping for a good outcome on the Gomis potential deal.
And many thanks for helping Ingo Hagemann on his survey on the controversial sponsorship between Wonga and Newcastle, which is part of his Masters dissertation – Ingo tells me 880 people started the survey and 71.4% of them finished, which is 628 in total – that’s fantastic – it’s always nice to help people – thanks again.
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