According to our reliable colleagues at Mediafoot OM, out of contract striker André Pierre Gignac has visited Galatasaray ahead of a possible move, with a deal with Dynamo Moscow rapidly falling apart.
Everything was agreed for Gignac to join Dynamo Moscow, a €3m signing-on bonus and a three year contract was agreed. His agent, Jean Christophe Cano, had even sorted out visas for Gignac, as well as his brother and father and was ready to take them all to Moscow to sign the deal.
But Dynamo Moscow have failed to qualify for the Champions League for next season, finishing 4th in the Russian first division. They cannot offer the same finances as they initially intended to. A deal is now in tatters, with Gignac looking elsewhere.
Lyon and Galatasaray are the main parties who have received extra attention in the last 7 days.
Gignac visited Istanbul on Monday to check out the Turkish side’s facilities. Initially, he rejected a pre-contract offer from the club at the beginning of the calendar year, but Galatasaray have made a fresh approach. They have Champions League football and can offer APG the finances necessary to entice him. On Monday, he met with Galatasaray representatives and the offer now sits on the table.
At the same time, Gignac instructed his agent to meet with Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas. A deal is obviously going to be difficult between the two parties, but talks are serious. Gignac’s father wants to be able to follow his son’s progress stadium-to-stadium and he cannot do that if his son goes to Turkey. Financially, Lyon cannot trump Galatasaray, but Aulas made some compelling arguments vis-a-vis the family situation. Gignac’s family would prefer for him to remain in France, but APG is very attached to Marseille and he has to think about the loyalties and the potential personal backlash he would suffer from agreeing a move to OL.
The 2015/16 season is incredibly important for Gignac. He needs to make the right choice so that he gives himself the best possible chance of playing the Euro 2016 tournament. A move to Turkey will not necessarily give him that. He would love a move to Spain or Italy, with Lazio the latest side to be rejected on account of a poor wage offer. The story is complicated, but Gignac’s future is far less settled than he thought it would be by now.