After a first season half fig and half grape since the takeover by the Americans of King Street, the Girondins de Bordeaux will have to be imaginative. Having few financial resources, they will have to recruit at low cost and above all sell as best as possible.
For the first full season of the Girondins de Bordeaux under the American flag, there was good, but also not so good. Led by Paulo Sousa, the scapular club showed some solidity, but sometimes lacked edge in the last opposing third. Often close to European places, Bordeaux has finally finished the twelfth season following the stoppage of the championship due to coronavirus. A far from catastrophic result, but quite disappointing given the ambitions announced at the start of the season. Not rolling in gold, the club crowned champion of France in 2009 will have to recruit smart and offload several elements.
It also started with Paul Bernardoni (23) who arrives in Angers. Loaned for the last two seasons in Nîmes, the former Trojan will bring 7.5 million euros to his club after its sale. Having never been able to win in Bordeaux, it will nevertheless allow the club to have more financial solidity. Because yes, the coronavirus crisis did not help the Girondins, on the contrary. Already plagued by economic difficulties, the marine and white club will have to be imaginative and above all find money through sales in order to be able to register visitors. The sale of Aurélien Tchouaméni this winter in Monaco for 18 million euros was also carried out in this direction. Based on information from RMC Sport, the club wants to sell François Kamano (24 years old) and Youssouf Sabaly (27 years old) as a priority, since they have the biggest market values among the players who will not be selected in the event of great offers.
They are not the only ones since Alexandre Mendy (26), Maxime Poundjé (27) and the young Mickaël Nilor, Albert Lottin, Alexandre Lauray and Over Mandanda will not be kept. For his part, Paul Baysse (32) wants to end his career in Bordeaux and finish his contract, which expires in June 2021, but the club does not count on him. Nicolas De Préville (29), Pablo (28) and Vukasin Jovanovic (24), however, are in the midst of negotiations to continue the adventure. If the club will rely more on its training center, it will try several shots. In search of a sentry, Bordeaux therefore identified Nampalys Mendy (27) from Leicester. Little used (6 games this season), the defensive midfielder comes to the end of the contract with the Foxes and would be a fairly useful reinforcement for the Girondins. However, his high salary is likely to be a problem. There is no doubt that the transfer window will be very complicated in the southwest of France.