The Bordeaux President Jean Louis Tiraud has confirmed that he knows certain players want to leave the club this month and says that he is happy for them to go, just so long as their transfer valuations are met.
There has been claimed interest in a number of the Ligue 1 outfit’s players, primarily from Premier League clubs.
Aston Villa have been heavily linked with attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri, whilst Newcastle have been yet again credited with interest in 22 year old Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan, a player linked with a move to Tyneside for the last couple of years.
Rolan scored an injury time winner on Sunday in the French cup, as Bordeaux overcame minnowsFrejus St-Raphael 3-2. That was the striker’s fifth goal of the season, which includes only two in Ligue 1 – he scored 15 in 28 league starts (plus 8 as sub) last season.
More bizarrely, both the Chronicle and the media in France have said that United are already in talks to sign midfielder Henri Saivet.
The 25 year old Senegal international has been moved from wide right into a more defensive central midfield role this season and is said to have caught the eye of English clubs when playing well against Liverpool earlier this season.
With only two goals in 17 games this season, he certainly doesn’t sound like the answer to Newcastle’s goalscoring problem but it was reported by Foot Mercato yesterday that a deal for around 4m euros was being discussed with Bordeaux.
Saivet wasn’t included in the matchday 18 that featured for Bordeaux on Sunday in that cup win, leading to increased speculation that he had been pulled out to ensure he didn’t pick up an injury with a transfer imminent.
Bordeaux President Jean Louis Triaud told French newspaper Sud Ouest:
“Players have made it clear that they want to leave. We will not oppose that if the numbers (transfer fees) are what we expect. Then if they go, we will consider the possibility of reinforcements.”
Bordeaux are currently in 14th place in Ligue 1 and without Champions League football, any French club apart from PSG would find it impossible to match the deals Premier League clubs can offer.