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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 2 2010

Time: 6:16PM

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Better value than Milner. Its not like he shined at the WC either.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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02/08/2010 23:59:00

Would prefer him to Milner and better value
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03/08/2010 00:36:00

i have to say Gourcruff is quite a talent. A superb playmaker who would really help your side. You guys could play like Inter did last year. 3 forwards, 1 creator and 2 holding players. But i wonder what this means for Adam Johnson? Btw who do you guys rate more... Barry or De Jong?
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03/08/2010 07:09:00

De Jong for me every day of the week, maka. I've been disappointed with GB as I thought he'd be more box to box. He started strongly for us last season but then Sparky let it slip out that he'd been carrying an injury. He picked up towards the end of the season, but Cage Fighter De Jong, is always having it.
Johnny Baguette
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03/08/2010 08:47:00

And while I'm at it, Gourcuff takes a mean free kick. We've already got a lot of dangerous options in that area too.
Johnny Baguette
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03/08/2010 08:48:00

Barry is the better passer Maka, but NDJ has rapidly become a fan favourite for his 110% commitment. Games like the one against Chelsea at CoMS really demonstrated his worth, as he was like a rock in midfield that every Chelsea attack broke on. Barry owes us a big season this year if he is to convince.
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03/08/2010 08:57:00

Gourcuff latest, 3 August: He's kept a low profile in training. Bordeaux's President has announced the club's intentions to keep him. Lyon offered 3 players plus cash last month but the bid was rejected. Gourcuff has a get out clause in the 4 year contract he signed when leaving AC Milan and it's price is 26.5 million euros.
Johnny Baguette
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03/08/2010 09:11:00

"Latest star" yes, Gourcuff is a star, but the players you have signed, barring Tevez maybe, are not stars
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03/08/2010 14:05:00

Silva and Yaya not stars? What planet are you on?
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03/08/2010 14:11:00

You can buy anyone you want,I dont care but if you get Gourcuff then I'd really hate you! Go for ozil,kaka or defour anybody,please not him.
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03/08/2010 14:25:00

NDJ a cagefighter?! Lmfao Haha loved it,best comparison,just throw bellamy & Lescott in the mix then its no holds barred all out action!
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03/08/2010 14:30:00

good luck to you guys then.... please sock it to the reds again this year
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03/08/2010 18:36:00

Yes, and Magueye Gueye is a global superstar. Plank.
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03/08/2010 21:51:00

thanks maka4chelsea - you do the same to Arsenal, Manure and those real losers from Everton.
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03/08/2010 23:52:00

for me jury is still out on silva and yaya, you probably thought Robinho was a star, how did that turn out for you lot??? Well done FCB, criticising our transfer policy of buying young players and buildinf them up to stars, you probably said the same ***** about arteta and cahill, it is just ridiculous that you criticise us for trying to develop youth and yet you lot throw millions of pounds on "stars"
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04/08/2010 14:15:00

to be fair... Robinho was spectacular up until his bustup with the board... but i guess City fans will have a better picture
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04/08/2010 14:45:00

Ahh yes, still remember when he came to Goodison, pure joy!!
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04/08/2010 15:09:00

Maybe he didnt want to play in your rubbish ground Rob?
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04/08/2010 15:52:00


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