This is the question that will stir this end of the transfer window to the Girondins de Bordeaux. Aurélien Tchouaméni is targeted by several European clubs including AS Monaco and his coach Robert Moreno who would have made the nugget of Bordeaux his recruitment priority according to L’Équipe. A Premier League club is also interested in recruiting. An offer of 20M € would already be on the table of the management of Marine et Blanc for 20 minutes. What could be the sports and financial consequences of this departure for the scapular club?
CAN BORDEAUX REFUSE A TRANSFER OF 20M €?
Eduardo Macia said yesterday that the club had received attractive offers for the club and some top players. He was certainly alluding to those received by Aurélien Tchouaméni. With a forecast deficit announced at 30M €, the Girondins de Bordeaux shareholder, King Street, must see a transfer offer exceeding 20M € as a bargain. Especially since the financial management of the club for a year by GACP has widened the deficit. Since then, King Street has taken over. Recall that King Street has produced a comfort letter to the DNCG, like what M6 was doing, agree to cover the deficit if necessary. It is therefore unlikely that the board will reject this cash inflow.
CAN PAULO SOUSA AGREE TO LOSE AURÉLIEN TCHOUAMÉNI?
The Girondins de Bordeaux coach greatly appreciates the profile of Aurélien Tchouaméni, whom he has improved since his arrival on the bench. With 24 Ligue 1 games since the start of his career, Aurélien Tchouaméni has developed his skills and has shown, intermittently, above-average physical abilities and vision. He is powerful, breaks lines and plays in box-to-box. He is the most complementary player of Otavio in the midfield. Bordeaux does not have an equivalent profile in its workforce. Paulo Sousa who knows this position well for having evolved at the highest level also in this positioning, knows the importance of being able to count on a player of this caliber in the heart of the game. Not sure that Paulo Sousa validates this departure without having his substitute. So there would only be Toma Basic and Youssef Aït-Bennasser to end the season with Otavio. The two players are number 2 and number 3 in the hierarchy, behind Aurélien Tchouaméni.
CAN AURÉLIEN TCHOUAMÉNI BE REPLACED?
If Bordeaux pockets more than 20M € with this transfer, what amount will be reinvested in the recruitment of its replacement? 25, 30 or 50% of the sum pocketed? We can consider in view of what has been practiced for several seasons in Bordeaux that about 30% of the sum will be reinvested, namely around 6M €. Given the short time remaining to find an alternative solution (note the transfer window ends on January 31 at midnight), it is also possible that the Bordeaux player is on loan to Bordeaux until the end of the season and joins his new club this summer. This does not prevent him from signing his transfer this winter. Thus, Bordeaux could take the time to build its workforce for the next season.
It is therefore the first important decision of the new management of the club which must be taken with the situation of Aurélien Tchouaméni. No doubt it will be scrutinized and commented by supporters. It will give indications on the sporting policy of King Street, and on its will to build a competitive team while cleaning up the finances of the club. The challenge is daunting. Eduardo Macia will have to work miracles to please the coach, supporters and shareholder.
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