Sabaly transfer collapse leaves bad taste in Bordeaux

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Bordeaux president Frederic Longuepee has hit out at Fulham's conduct in their failed bid to sign Youssouf Sabaly on deadline day.

Bordeaux president Frederic Longuepee has hit out at Fulham’s conduct in their failed bid to sign Youssouf Sabaly on deadline day.

The Cottagers are understood to have activated the release clause in the right-back’s contract by offering £12million on the final day of the January transfer window, with the Senegal international understood to be keen to make the switch and undergoing a successful medical in France. However, in their efforts to get the deal done in the final few hours of Thursday, Fulham were unable to get in contact with Bordeaux to put the finishing touches to the transfer, which eventually collapsed. Longuepee has not disclosed why the transfer was not completed in time but has been critical of the way Fulham approached the deal, claiming they were wrong to go to Sabaly directly. ‘We received an offer yesterday (Thursday) at 20:03. There was a clause in his contract that would have made this transfer. Sabaly had expressed the wish to travel to Fulham,’ he said. ‘I am very surprised that a club is allowed to contact a player without talking to his club. There are ways and that’s not the way. ‘Unfortunately, beyond the fact that the club Fulham behaved badly, the conditions were absolutely not met, especially since this offer arrived at a time when, globally, you do not complete a transfer before the end from the window. We told Sabaly our negative opinion.’

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