1 Those whose departure is confirmed
Among the certain departures, there are those whose Bordeaux contract ended at the end of the season: Benoît Costil (free), Yacine Adli (at Milan), Marcelo (free), Javairô Dilrosun (option of €12 million not lifted, return to Hertha Berlin), Timothée Pembélé (option of €8 million not…
1 Those whose departure is confirmed
Among the certain departures, there are those whose Bordeaux contract ended at the end of the season: Benoît Costil (free), Yacine Adli (at Milan), Marcelo (free), Javairô Dilrosun (option of €12 million not exercised, return to Hertha Berlin), Timothée Pembélé (option of €8 million not exercised, return to PSG), Raoul Bellanova (option exercised by Cagliari) and Tidiane Malbec (free). Amadou Traoré, trained at Haillan and who nevertheless had an extension proposal in his hands from the 2020-2021 season, will leave free.
According to our information, captain Josuha Guilavogui will not be there either. Before the last match of the season, he had not closed the door: “When you have a feeling of shame, you have to quickly erase it. Maybe staying can be the right challenge to brush up on my resume. […] Contributing to the rise of the Girondins in Ligue 1 could erase this feeling of shame and sporting failure. He will eventually return to Wolfsburg, where he still has one year left on his contract.
2 Those that the club is going or wants to leave
Management has identified several market values. Alberth Elis, Junior Onana and Hwang Ui-Jo are among them. The first two have been offered to various agents and clubs in recent weeks. The latter, for whom Bordeaux rejected big offers last summer, would be the subject of interest from Nantes according to RMC. But the Girondins are unlikely to break the bank with a player who turns 30 in August and has just one year left on his contract.
Elis’ contractual situation has still not been formalized by the Girondins or by Boavista, his club which loaned him out with a six million euro purchase option. “He has a contract with Bordeaux for a few more years”, however, indicated his agent to a Honduran media recently, referring to “exchanges” with French clubs and other championships. His departure is inevitable.
Rémi Oudin (25, under contract until 2024) can represent a small inflow of money. The club wants to sell him. For Josh Maja, M’Baye Niang, Mehdi Zerkane, Fransergio, Enock Kwateng, Edson Mexer and Paul Baysse, this will go through either a transfer or a termination if they refuse a big pay cut (see elsewhere), but the Girondins must bring in allowances to recruit. The Mozambican, for example, is not opposed to the idea of spending a fourth and final year in Gironde.
For Ricardo Mangas (on loan from Boavista) or even Gideon Mensah (from Red Bull Salzburg), the adventure should end there. A Ghanaian media announced that Bordeaux was preparing to exercise the option of the second, estimated at 2 million euros, but his agent formally denied.
3 Those that the club wants to keep but…
The Girondins intend to exercise the purchase option of four million euros for Anel Ahmedhodzic (Malmö). It remains to have the funds available, to convince the player to stay in L2 and to resist offers from other clubs. Not easy. The central defender is in any case one of the players around whom David Guion wishes to build his team.
He would also like to keep Sekou Mara (19, under contract until 2025). But will the club, which is in great need of money, be able to keep the one which constitutes one of its biggest market values? Guion spoke to his striker during the Toulon tournament last weekend and braced that he couldn’t fight in the face of offers. The player himself is open to the idea of leaving. Lyon, Monaco, Strasbourg, Lille and Bayer Leverkusen, among others, came to the information.
Guion, finally, wants to be able to count on Danylo Ignatenko, who had one year left on his contract at Shakhtar Donetsk who had loaned him out. The purchase option was low, the Ukrainian midfielder feels good in Bordeaux where his family was repatriated with the help of the club, and there is obviously no question of returning to the country.
As for the members of the pro group who could or should stay, the list is short: Gaëtan Poussin, Rafal Straczek (the Polish goalkeeper), Davy Rouyard, Abdel Medioub, Malcom Bokele (convincing in Villefranche), Tom Lacoux, Issouf Sissokho, Thibault Klidjé , Dilane Bakwa, even veteran Jimmy Briand (37), on track to re-enlist according to “20 Minutes”, and Stian Gregersen. Several young people from the training center should swell the ranks, in addition to the “quite substantial recruitment” mentioned by David Guion.
Not in a strong position
Several agents and managers of French clubs have more or less the same sentence: “I do not see who would benefit from making an offer today. Instead of a buying club, I wait until the last moment. “Everyone knows that the Girondins are hard pressed with a relegation which forces them to part with three quarters of their workforce and an alarming financial situation.
In short: they are not in a position of strength to negotiate upward sales. Their salvation could come from a possible competition between courtiers for their main market values, Sekou Mara and Alberth Elis. But we will have to act quickly, because their schedule is notably dictated by their appearance before the DNCG on June 14, and possibly on appeal if a demotion to National as a precaution is pronounced.
They end the 2021-2022 financial year with a deficit of 40 million euros to be made up in part thanks to these sales, and will then have to recruit. In sporting terms, after dragging their squad much too late last year, Bordeaux must go faster to best prepare for the season of its hoped-for comeback.