Over the past few months, the future of Swansea’s Bafétimbi Gomis has been a big topic of discussion in France, mostly because he’s fared rather well on loan at Marseille.
The Swans’ loanee has scored 16 goals in 24 appearances for the Ligue 1 club before getting injured, and his impact on and off the pitch has been noticed by the club’s manager, who revealed he would like to keep Gomis if possible.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday ahead of this Saturday’s clash against Dijon, Rudi Garcia explained the situation.
He said, relayed by FootMercato: “For now, let’s talk facts. Gomis doesn’t belong to us. First of all, we need to negotiate with those who own his contract. If his club (Swansea) decide to keep him, we cannot do anything. We need to find a three-way agreement. There’s no point discussing with Bafé if we’re not in agreement with his club.”
This week, WalesOnline hinted that Paul Clement didn’t particularly want the French striker at the club next season, with the Premier League side preferring to get the 31-year-old off their wage bill.
With Marseille unlikely to want to pay the veteran all of his current wages next season, mostly due to the fact they’ll want to buy someone younger in the summer as well.
As there is no option to buy in the player’s loan deal, both sides will have to start negotiations from scratch, but with Swansea wanting to sell, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.