Yoann Gourcuff Joins Olympique Lyonnais on Permanent Transfer…The Saga EndsBy: Jennifer | August 23rd, 2010
It’s official! Olympique Lyonnais and Girondins de Bordeaux have reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of Yoann Gourcuff. The price is set at 22M€, to be paid in 3 instalments by December 31st, 2012. Bordeaux can also gain to profit from his resale from OL, to a maximum of 4.5M€. According to Tom Williams on twitter, Gourcuff’s transfer to Lyon is the most expensive transfer between two Ligue 1 clubs, more than the 19.8M€ Monaco paid Rennes for Shabani Nonda in 2000.
On Saturday evening, Gourcuff and his lawyer met with Jean Louis Triaud to discuss his discontent with Bordeaux and announced that he wants to go to Lyon. Jean Tigana dropped him from the starting lineup subsequent to this announcement.
Tigana said that dropping Gourcuff was not a penalty but is in fact a reaction to his inappropriate behaviour of bringing up his transfer right before a very important game in the league. He added that if he did want to punish Gourcuff, he would have left him at home and not even on the bench.
When interviewed on the bench last night against PSG and asked about his impending departure, he stated that he will only talk about the game. When asked if this is his last game with les Girondins, Gourcuff replied: “We’ll see.”
Well, we did see, he was then subbed on for Jussiê around the 70th minute, and provided the corner that assisted Diarra with his headed goal. And that was in fact his last game in the Bordeaux jersey.. Only a mere 2 days passed from the first announcement, his transfer has been agreed on.
So, where do we go from here? Wendel is also slated for a departure. He had asked for a contract extension but Bordeaux was unable to meet his requests (monetary ones, to be clear). Now, with more cash injected into the club from the sale of Gourcuff, we can once again discuss Wendel’s extension. Losing two midfielders that are experts at set pieces could be dangerous, and I think we can at least keep Wendel in lieu of Gourcuff leaving.
As for Gourcuff’s replacement, the best candidate in my mind would be Lille’s Yohan Cabaye (because you can only replace one Yoann with another Yohan). Bordeaux has been interested in Cabaye for a long time now, and this is the perfect opportunity to purchase. Cabaye’s contract with Lille runs until 2013, but apparently there is a clause that states that he can be purchased for 7M€ (we can spend our first instalment signing Cabaye).
All in all, I’m a little disappointed with how Gourcuff handled his transfer. I think Tigana needs to make the point that we can win without him.
Ciani has been interviewed saying:
“Will Yoann be missed a lot in FCGB? Yes and no. Yes, because he is an important player and we know his qualities. But Jussiê played a good game in his position against PSG and we will have other players to make up for Yoann’s absence. It’ll be a blow if Yoann leaves, but that’s football. We’ve already lost Chamakh, but it doesn’t prevent us from winning without him.”
“Tonight he came into the game and he has been decisive. If he leaves, obviously it will be a pity for Bordeaux but it will be his choice. It is normal for him to think about it. He is a big boy. I talked with him about it, but that will stay between us.”
Gourcuff’s departure is quite a big blow to the structure of the team. From what I saw last night, none of the midfielders have the creative abilities of Gourcuff, and have difficulty getting the ball through to Gouffran. While Jussiê won many of his tackles against Bodmer, he could not get the ball past midfield through to our offense, which really reduced the amount of opportunities to score for us. None of our strikers, neither Gouffran nor Cavenaghi or Bellion played as deep midfield as Chamakh did to assist with the movement of the ball, and now without a playmaker in midfield to move the ball, we can be in big trouble. Bordeaux has always been scoring from setpieces, but with Gourcuff gone, we can only count on Wendel, who might be on his way as well. The most important thing right now is to find a playmaker and try to keep Wendel.