We reported earlier today that Bafe Gomis has decided not to sign a new contract at Lyon, and he will now see out the last year of his five-year deal, and become a free agent next summer, and is likely to get a nice signing on fee form whatever club he joins at that time.
Jean-Michel Aulas – Lyon President annoyed Newcastle deal didn’t get done
It’s not surprising that Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas is not happy at the news, since the French club will lose out on up to €10M on their player.
That’s what the Magpies offered for the striker, and Aulas seems frustrated the Newcastle deal didn’t go through – and there is news in lesport10.com today in France, that Newcastle were only a few hundred thousand euros short of making the deal happen.
This is some of what Aulas tweeted today:
“For a few dollars more, it’s ugly”.
So here again we have Newcastle standing on principle, and refusing to pay out that little bit more to get a good player through the door – but that can be like cutting off your nose to spite your face – so to speak.
And that’s what we did last summer with Mathieu Debuchy.
Of course the other way to look at it is that it was Bafe’s agents wanting too much in fees that killed the deal, and that’s becoming far too common place these days in football and spoiling the game.
The Lyon President and Bafe are at an impasse again, but they have been that way all summer, ever since Aulas decided he wanted to get some money off his top striker by selling him this summer
We think Lyon and Gomis’ agents would now be very willing to do a deal – rather than lose out on some big money once September 3rd rolls around.
We don’t know all the ins-and-outs of the actual situation with Gomis, which is said to be very complicated, but wouldn’t this be a good time for Newcastle to go in and tie up the deal ?
Are we missing something here – what Joe’s telephone number? 😀
What do you think is going on?
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