With 72 hours to go before the end of the winter market, Gerard Lopez is working hard to strengthen Bordeaux. He would try a big move with Manchester United.
Gerard Lopez negotiates for Phil Jones to Bordeaux?
After recruiting Marcelo Guedes from Olympique Lyonnais, Girondins the Bordeaux want a second reinforcement in central defense. Determined to offer Vladimir Petkovic a team capable of quickly climbing back up the Ligue 1 standings, Gerard Lopez has reportedly opened discussions with Manchester United for Phil Jones.
The president of the Bordeaux club would like to obtain the loan of the 29-year-old central defender. Under contract until June 2023, the English international has lost his place as a starter under Ralf Rangnick and the Red Devils could therefore consider his departure during this winter mercato.
Especially since the former Blackburn player would not be against such an operation. Arrived in Manchester in July 2011 against a package of 19.30 million euros, the English defender has played 225 games this season. According to information from The Team, Phil Jones would come to take the place of Laurent Koscielny.
Mercato – Bordeaux: For Koscielny, it’s over!
Laurent Koscielny, who has become undesirable with Bordeaux, is expected to terminate his contract with the Girondins soon, as he said goodbye to the group on Saturday. According to the indiscretions delivered by the sports daily, the former Arsenal defender would have found an agreement with the leaders of FCGB to terminate his contract, which ran until June 30, 2022, with two years in option.
At Bordeaux since 2019, the former French international was recently in dispute with his management. With the future departure of Laurent Koscielny, the club with the Scapular should lighten its wage bill and thus allow Vladimir Petkovic to welcome new reinforcements in his squad. Koscielny (36 years old) could bounce back to FC Lorient, where he played from 2009 to 2010.