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Bordeaux Latest: Now Gourcuff In The City Mix

Classy Bordeaux international attacking midfielder Yoann Gourcuff is the latest star to be linked with The Citizens. His future remains unclear according to reports in La Republique...

Gourcuff has often been referred to in France as the next Zinedine Zidane such is his style of play and he's won many plaudits which made the 24 year old a regular with Les Bleus.

Sadly, he is one of the infamous and widely savaged 23 players who striked from training at the World Cup amid the mayhem in the French squad and there is a strong possibility he'll be up for exiting stage left at the best optioned opportunity.

French sports website's football transfer section among other newswires has reported on Gourcuff's return to training and the state of affairs at Les Girondins, who after such a promising season in Ligue 1 last time around wound up with nothing won and are in need of cash. They would be looking for around £22 million for the midfielder.

Furthermore, Bordeaux's poor finish to the last campaign means they have no European football this coming season.

New Bordeaux coach Jean Tigana however will be intent on keeping Gourcuff who according to team mates would prefer to stay in the south west of France for now. His father Christian Gourcuff has confirmed his son's sentiments.

Like most emerging French stars these past two decades, the spectres of Arsenal tactician and part time TF1 commentator Arsene Wenger and his scouts have loomed large for Gourcuff, especially after Wenger secured the smooth signing of striker Marouane Chamakh without any fuss from Bordeaux. But Manchester City have been on the phone.

Gourcuff fits the bill for the type of driving creator that Roberto Mancini likes at City. He's another six footer and is widely respected on the continent.

More as we get it at VMC...

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Writer:Johnny Baguette - VMC European Desk
Date:Monday August 2 2010
Time: 6:16PM


Better value than Milner. Its not like he shined at the WC either.
02/08/2010 18:33:00
you could read this either way, maybe genuine interest for the missing creative mid spot. Alternatively might be a gentle prod in the ribs for the villa camp.
02/08/2010 18:36:00
Well, if Ireland can retain the form that we saw two years ago, he could be the creative midfielder we are missing. How about instead of splashing out the £25m that Bordeaux will want (it will be that much if we come knocking) why don't we wait to January to see what, if anything, we can get him for.
02/08/2010 18:39:00
You could be on to something there Tublu. I'd rather Gourcuff to Milner though, i'm hoping it's genuine interest.
02/08/2010 19:09:00
Gourcuff would do well at city but the zdane comparision is way over the mark. In fact, hes like a young version of arteta. Good passing, technique, but he doesnt have the pace or sublime dribbling sklls of zidane. Personally city can take it or leave it for me. City need that creative spark in the middle of the park like scholes or fabregas. Gourcuff could be the play maker we are missing.
Super City Slicker
02/08/2010 19:19:00
There's no doubt at all, going off the feedback on VMC that enthusiasm for signing Milner has drained away quite dramatically. Were this signing to happen, it would certainly spell curtains for our erstwhile Superman.
Johnny Baguette
02/08/2010 19:23:00
The enthusiasm for signing Milner is fading rapidly because of the ridiculous asking price for him JB. £30M!?! MON has been smoking the same stuff as 2 years ago when he wanted £18M for Barry...We'll just wait until next year and get him for the £16M(maybe) he's worth...
Blue ponderer
02/08/2010 20:50:00
The other side of the coin is that the mention of any player from THAT England team has a tendency to deflate me!
Johnny Baguette
02/08/2010 20:53:00
Not convinced by Gourcuff just yet, and he was awful at the world cup. Then again, so were the rest of the France team, so he can't really be blamed.
02/08/2010 21:40:00
Gourcuffs brilliant. He's the kind of player we need at Villa, give us our 30million and we'll buy him ;) Not that I want Milner to go to you, i'd love him to stay, but he should probably let everybody know what he wants to do sooner rather than later! for the sake of both camps.
02/08/2010 23:59:00
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