Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas continues to give a running commentary on the proposed transfer to Newcastle of his striker Bafe Gomis, who turns 28 on Tuesday.
Jean-Michel Aulas – it could take another 8 days to close Gomis deal
What we do know is that Newcastle have agreed a fee of €8M plus €2M add-ons for the player, and that terms have also been agreed with the player, but how much we will pay his agents is still in discussion.
But Aulas has just said this in the French media today:
‘With one year left on his contract he has to be sold because an extension was not an option for us or for him.” “And I did not mean to cause any harm to Gomis on a personal level. I merely needed to sell him.”
“We have accepted Newcastle’s conditions for the deal and Gomis has accepted theirs too.” “It could still go haywire because there are minor issues which could cause problems.”
“Either way, the deal won’t be done for another eight days probably.”
It seems that some added complication must have occurred in the deal since Friday, because this is what the Lyon President said two days ago:
“I understand there’s a problem over the amount and the payment of the fees” “Hopefully, it will be settled within the next 24 to 48 hours.”
This is not good news on the Gomis deal, assuming it’s true, and it’s really the last thing fans want to hear – how much longer is this frustration going to last this summer?
It hasn’t been great over the last two summers, but this window is starting to take the biscuit.
The Lyon President has also made this rather strange personal quote today in L’Equipe:
“Bafe – I want him at the economic level, not at the human level. “
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