#29 EY?! Was this Marwaaans idea?
I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet but yes it is official. Yoann is no longer a girondin, as you may have heard.
The official statement from Lyon's site:
The conditions of this transaction were negotiated on the basis of the release clause of which the player benefitted until the 31st of July,
* A transfer fee of €22 million made in three payments before December 31, 2012
* An additional amount of up to € 4.5 million conditional on the player's possible transfer from Olympique Lyonnais.
Olympique Lyonnais welcomes the arrival of Yoann Gourcuff, the main objective of the club and its coach Claude Puel, in order to give a new dimension to the midfield of a team whose attack had already been reinforced by another French international, Jimmy BRIAND.
OL are also satisfied that Yoann Gourcuff, best French player in 2009, has privileged the French championship Lyon, rather than being lured abroad by one of the many clubs interested in his signature.
The recruitment of Yoann GOURCUFF and Jimmy BRIAND reinforces OL’s ambition, the club having retained its key international players and who have brought into the pro squad a number of players from the youth academy including six players who were crowned u19’s champions of Europe last July.
The official statement from Bordeaux's site (Thanks Google Translate):
"The Clubs Olympique Lyonnais and FC Girondins de Bordeaux have reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of Yoann Gourcuff.
This transfer will be effective after the resolution of standard precedent clauses.
This transfer will take place in preserving the interests of the club of Bordeaux, in full agreement with the coach and the coaching staff and in accordance with contractual commitments with the player.
The Club will have the opportunity to communicate very soon and to reaffirm its ambitions for the season starts. "
This is a video of his arrival:
(Best part sec 0:25-0:28) *This is me TRYING not to comment on his ridiculous good looks* *bites lip*
Lets wish him the best of luck and on the bright side he can play CL. It's been a bad summer for Bordeaux... =(