Newcastle United’s pursuit of Bafetimbi Gomis is rapidly becoming what Churchill would have called “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma,” and for once, it doesn’t even seem to be Newcastle United’s fault!
Below is the latest bombshell from Olympique Lyonnais chairman, Jean-Michel Aulas, speaking after his side qualified for the Champions League playoffs against the Grasshoppers of Zurich yeterday, which might also be a factor in this labyrinthine tale which seems to have had everything but the kitchen sink so far judging by the stuff I have been following in the French media. Without further ado, here’s Aulas’s latest incendiary words on the frustrating Gomis deal:
“I am very disappointed that operations have not been concluded with Newcastle. I am very pessimistic, it needs to be said that someone behind the scenes is pulling the strings. I think a number of people will be unmasked. I have also tabled yesterday (Monday) a complaint to the Committee on Legal Affairs for the destabilization of some players. Some clubs have made dishonest proposals.
If he is reporting some matter of impropriety to Ligue de Football Professionnel, it will probably involve another French club, and that French club will probably be Olympique Marseilles. They are the other club who have thrown their hat into the ring for Gomis, though Aulas seems to want to sell to Newcastle and has commented somewhat disparagingly on Marseilles, questioning their abilty to actually put their money where their mouth is.
Aulas then turned his guns on to the agents, snarling:
“Even if the situation is difficult, we respect the player. It is a year until the end of his contract. There were a number of excessive demands that are making Newcastle reluctant, particularly concerning the benefits of intermediaries. If there is no possibility to find a way on what has been said, things will change gear.”
Meanwhile, Gomis himself made a similarly cryptic tweet on his Twitter page saying;
“Thanks 4 all the support that u guys give me, sadly the decision to come join u is not my own its more complicated. Excuse 4 my translation.”
Blimey. If Uncle Joe could pull this mess out of the bag, it would certainly help to give him some much needed credibilty with fans in his new Director of Football role, but is it worth it? or would it just be best if he started moving towards the the exit whilst making his excuses, then get on with chasing another less complicated deal. Have you ever met a girl who seems nice to start with, then it all starts to get a bit strange and complicated and you start to wonder what you’ve got yourself into…?