Ligue 2. Girondins de Bordeaux: with the limitations, a transfer window focused on the essentials

Ligue 2. Girondins de Bordeaux: with the limitations, a transfer window focused on the essentials

Forced by the financial body to respect the budgeted payroll after having reversed the administrative decline to N1, the leaders were unable to reach what was expected in the hiring. They also had to fight to get players under contract (sometimes with high salaries) that they no longer wanted. Enough to achieve the goal of second place and recovery? To have. But the emergence of some young people during the summer gives hope that there is an economic scheme for a healthy workforce at the top of the table.

1 Arrivals: experience behind, to discover ahead

The initial plan, drawn up by David Guion with the technical director Admar Lopes and Gérard López in June, contemplated 11 arrivals, for a 4-4-2 with players with experience in the L2 and special effort in defense and a center forward.

They were half. Faced with constraints, leaders focused on priorities. The positions they had to resign? The goalkeeper, where David Guion wanted a profile with a lot of experience to stimulate Gaëtan Poussin and Rafaël Straczek, who had signed in January. Although all parties agreed, Jonas Lössl was repatriated to Denmark on Saturday, the deadline set by his Midtjylland club to validate the transfer. If the Girondins kept hope, the Danish champion informed them that they would keep the former Guingampais at least until January, in the absence of a replacement.

From behind, Admar Lopes managed to sign, early, where he pinched his shoe last season: lateral. Vital N’Simba, who arrived in June with experience in L2 and a full season in L1 with Clermont, provides guarantees on the left. On the right is a reference to Clément Michelin, author of a good season in L1 with Lens before leaving for AEK Athens. Eight years after his departure at the end of his training, Yoann Barbet was once again the boss, strong after his seven years in the Championship (English D2). The arrival of Mwanga, Bokele, Ekomie during the summer, with the maintenance of Gregersen, seems to give guarantees.

“The possibility of signing a midfielder, discussed this Thursday, has not been validated”

In front of ? The facts prevented the arrival of the former Nantais Coulibaly. Aliou Badji, coming off a great L2 season with Amiens, will have to bring his size and definition. The Georgian Ziruko Davitasvili (21), on the other hand, a small dribbler, has the vocation to enter a rotation of hopes with Bakwa, Delaurier-Chaubet, Pirringuel, De Lima. The question of the last days was about Alberth Elis. For a long time he imagined leaving, having wishes elsewhere, he will stay, added value if he returns to his best level and from whom to pass a ruling in the Davitashvili file. The possibility of a last signing (an attacking midfielder), mentioned internally and externally this Thursday, if Elis left, has not been validated.

two Exits: Mehdi Zerkane, the sole survivor

Players on loan last season, the Girondins had hoped to keep Anel Ahmedhodzic and Danylo Ignatenko. The Ukrainian community quickly accepted. The operation became impossible for the Bosnian after the first step against the DNCG in mid-June. The two of them were to form the backbone with Sekou Mara. For the young centre-forward, the transfer has become inevitable, bringing in half of the budgeted compensation needs.

To qualify the recruits, and because managers wanted to turn a sports and financial page, most of the work will have been on the outbound side. With yesterday the termination of Enock Kwateng’s contract and the finalization of the agreement with Paul Baysse to start his retraining within the club two years in advance, they have come to an end. M’Baye Niang, Abdeljalil Medioub were transferred; Edson Mexer’s contract was canceled to allow him to join Estoril for free; Rémi Oudin has found a base on loan at Lecce. Summer soap opera, the sale of Hwang and Junior Onana was stretched by the difficult position in the negotiation of the people from Bordeaux, who in June did not obtain as much compensation as they expected but enough to meet their forecasts. The surprise was the departure of Thibault Klidjé, the player who had asked to be released to join Lucerne (Switzerland D1), worried about the uncertainty of playing time.

From the “loft”, only the middle Mehdi Zerkane remained. In a sector that lacks creators, you can have a letter.

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