12/08/2017

Summer 2017 arrivals

Coach Jocelyn Gourvennec has pulled out all the stops during the summer 2017 transfer window to continue building a team that will deliver the efficient free-flowing style he is seeking to develop. Squad stalwarts of recent years Carrasso, Maurice-Belay and Pallois, not to mention last season's top earner Ménez, have all made way for a new generation of players.

  • Cafú (#22): the 25-year-old Brazilian joined from Bulgarian club Ludogorets. This energetic, fast-paced winger can also slip into a striking role when required.
  • Benoît Costil (#1): the well-respected Caen-born 30-year-old goalkeeper has previously enjoyed a six-year stint at Rennes. Regarded as one of France's best between the posts, he is regularly called up to the national squad, acting as understudy to Hugo Lloris.
  • Lukas Lerager (#19): the 25-year-old Danish international has joined the club from Belgium's SV Zulte Waregem. The box-to-box midfielder is already proving highly influential on the pitch. 
  • Alexandre Mendy (#15): old-school 23-year-old striker who never quite broke through at Nice ahead of showing great promise at Guingamp where he was noticed by Gourvennec. So far has mainly shone in cup games but hopes to become a Ligue 1 regular at Bordeaux.
  • Otávio (#5): The Girondins do love their single-named rising Brazilian stars! This 23-year-old midfielder has been drafted in from Brazil's Atletico Paranaense to sit in front of the defence, collecting the ball and distributing further upfield.
In addition to those new faces, Youssouf Sabaly (previously on loan from Paris Saint-Germain) and Vukasin Jovanović (previously on loan from Zenith Saint Petersburg) have signed permanent contracts with Bordeaux.

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11/08/2017

Summer 2017 departures

The 2017 summer transfer window was particularly active in Bordeaux and Jocelyn Gourvennec's squad for the new season features a number of new faces. But before we familiarise ourselves with the newcomers, let's salute the players who have moved on! 

  • Mauro Arambarri: the promising midfielder has joined Boston River (Uruguay).
  • Paul Bernadoni: understudy youth international goalkeeper, has joined Clermont on loan. 
  • Cédric Carrasso: number one but injury-prone goalkeeper, currently out of contract and without a club.
  • Enzo Crivelli: fiery-tempered forward, after loan spell at Bastia has joined Angers on a permanent basis.
  • Frédéric Guilbert: mild-mannered defender, after loan spell at Caen has signed permanently with them.
  • Nicolas Maurice-Belay: attacking midfielder, the dribbler is currently out of contract and without a club.
  • Jérémy Ménez: forward and last year's flagship but under-achieving signing, has joined Antalyaspor (Turkey).
  • Adam Ounas: dynamic but temperamental midfielder, has joined Napoli (Italy).
  • Nicolas Pallois: defender, one of most consistent players of past three seasons though prone sudden outbursts of temper, has joined Nantes.
  • Kévin Soni: young untested forward, has joined Peralada (Spain).
  • Abdou Traouré: sturdy midfielder, currently out of contract and without a club.
  • Cédric Yambéré: out-of-favour central defender, has joined Dijon. 
Finally, please bear in mind that there may be further updates to this page as there is a great deal of speculation about Malcom, who is a target for clubs including Marseille and Wolfsburg, and Diego Rolan, who can't quite make his mind up about where he'd like to go (but is running out of options...). To be continued? 
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