The Lyon President has spoken out on the proposed move of their top striker Bafe Gomis to Newcastle, after their Champions League 1-0 win in Zurich last night. and it looks like the President is getting very frustrated with things, and he mentions club(s) – it looks like it’s Marseilles – behind the scenes who are making dishonest bids in an attempt to scupper his proposed moves to Newcastle.
Jean-Michael Aulas – pessimistic about Newcastle move
And the President Jean-Michael Aulas said he has even filed an official complaint with the French Professional Football League against a club (or clubs) who are trying to derail the Bafetimbi Gomis’ move to Newcastle.
This is some of what he told L’Equipe after the game last night:
“I really feel that behind Newcastle, there is another club trying to pull the strings in the wrong way and have Lyon make a very bad deal.”
” I am convinced that if he does not go to Newcastle, the solution that will be proposed to him will be much worse, and I hope with all my heart that this matter is settled at the earliest opportunity.”
“Newcastle is in agreement with the player, he’ll get £70K per week (wow), and that’s obviously higher than he earns in Lyon = Newcastle is a great club, but not French, but French-English (laughs all around in the press conference).
“There were a number of excessive demands that are making Newcastle reluctant, particularly concerning the benefits of some intermediaries.” “If there is no possibility to find a way out, things will change gear.”
“I am disappointed because the deal has not been finalized with Newcastle, and I’m pessimistic over the transfer now,”
“We filed a complaint on Monday because certain clubs were unsettling the player.” “Some offered dishonest proposals to try to derail the deal.” “I will let the committee settle it.” “Gomis will be reintegrated into the squad if he is not transferred.”
“I think that we should not have fun with this stuff, especially when it is with a great club like Marseilles.”
“When there is a problem between an employer and a player, the responsibility is not only that of the employer, and when there is only one year of the term of his contract left, there are two solutions, it is either a transfer or renewal of his contract.”
“We love Bafé and he is an excellent boy in terms of football.” “Newcastle presented him with a deal which is what he wants, and it also satisfies us.”
“I may have to ask the question differently. Maybe I will offer him a deal to stay, and maybe at that time, he will leave.”
It seems to us the Lyon President really wants the deal to go though with Newcastle, who are not at fault here, in fact we look golden.
And it’s French club Marseilles who is the club making some of unwise moves behind the scenes, which is why the Lyon President has reported the to French Professional Football League.
And it may be a decent time for Joe Kinnear to move back in, as Joe told us last Sunday there were many problems with the Bafe move and new demands being made regularly.
If Newcastle can get the deal done then we will look golden, we already look golden in the way we have handled this transfer – so even Joe Kinnear should get credit here - my shoulder just started to hurt. :D.
And there’s absolutely no doubt that Gomis himself wants to come to Tyneside, as he has made tweets from his Twitter account to that effect over the last day or so.
It may be an opportune time for Joe Kinnear to move back in and try to close the deal – although it seems it’s out of Newcastle’s hands at the moment, and it’s a bit of a circus that’s developed, but Newcastle are not the clown.
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