The ever-chatty Lyon President has dropped two big pieces of new today, firstly announcing that Yoann Gourcuff wants a move to Arsenal and secondly confirming that Newcastle have pulled out of a move for Bafetimbi Gomis:
Aulas mentioned that he would not be selling or loaning Gourcuff out to another Ligue 1 club:
“Can you see us paying part of his salary for him to play against us with another French club? We’ve never considered that and it would be even more stupid now than it was a fortnight ago.”
He then went on to talk about Yoann Gourcuff’s desire to move to Arsenal and that the player would be willing to take a pay-cut to do so:
“All that I know, if I understood correctly, is that he was ready to lower his salary to go to Arsenal, but that’s not the same thing. I spoke to his lawyer two weeks ago and he asked for the power of attorney to negotiate a transfer. I said no, but I would be keen to offer a non-exclusive power of attorney to see what happens.”
According to various French media, however, Yoann Gourcuff has picked up another injury and is having an MRI scan later on his knee. Whether he stays at Lyon, or moves elsewhere, he could be facing a period out on the sidelines.
A player looking more likely to stay now, however, is Bafetimbi Gomis and after his Newcastle move has broken down, Aulas once again mentions the idea of a possible contract extension.
“His circumstances have changed. Newcastle ended talks and we don’t have any other offers. The most logical solution would be for everyone to get back down to business and for him to prolong for another year. But there are other factors to consider, most notably what Remi Garde wants to do.”