News today that there is a possibility that Lyon will want to sell their top striker Bafe Gomis, to get some money into the club, as it looks likely the French club will miss out on the Champions League, after going down 2-0 at home, in the first leg of the play-off with Real Sociedad.
Bafe Gomis – value decreases come September 3rd
Lyon are in trouble financially and as the transfer window comes to an end, they will want to get some money for Bafe Gomis, who has again made it clear he does not want to sign a new contract to stay at Lyon, and will become a free agent next summer, and Lyon could lose him for nothing at that time.
So as this transfer window comes to an end, there will be more pressure on Lyon to sell, and if the deal is being held up by his agents wanting high fees, there’s incentive for them to make a deal too, because once September 3rd rolls around Gomis value decreases – as do the fees his agents can get for him.
As the end of the window approaches Newcastle could even go in with a deal that’s less than the £8M plus £2M add-ons they had agreed with Lyon a few weeks ago, as long as another club doesn’t come in for the 28 year-old French International.
It will be very difficult for Lyon to win the play-off with Real Sociedad now, and they will lose out on up to £14M for not reaching the group stages of the competition – and as we found out last season there is precious little money to be made in the Europa League.
And assuming Lyon do go out of the competition next week, Newcastle could even make a more again for Gomis at that time.
And the French striker has been very patient about all of this, and he is still training with the Reserves, and his transfer mess for Gomis has not reflected well on Lyon or their President Jean-Michel Aulas.
And after the Real Sociedad defeat last Tuesday night, coach Remi Garde said the Gomis situation was still complex, and he would not be playing for Lyon in the second leg next week, and that he was still training with the Reserves.
We may be the only ones, but if we are reading the tea leaves correctly, then Newcastle have an excellent chance still to sign Gomis, assuming the powers that be at Newcastle still want him.
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