According to L’Equipe and Sud Ouest, Gérard Lopez has reached an agreement in principle for the buyout of the Girondins de Bordeaux with the owner King Street and the creditor Fortress.
After Lille, Bordeaux? Gérard Lopez could well end up at the head of a second Ligue 1 club. According to L’Equipe and Sud Ouest, the Spanish-Luxembourg businessman has reached an agreement in principle for the acquisition of the Girondins de Bordeaux with the owner King Street, which announced its disengagement, and the creditor Fortress (38 million euros + interest). The threat of legal redress, with proceedings to be closed before July 24 to get back to Ligue 2 at best, seems to be receding. Unless the president of the club and corporate officer, Frédéric Longuépée, decides despite everything to declare the club in default on Tuesday with the Commercial Court. Because Gérard Lopez, supported by lending funds and already owner of Boavista (Portuguese D1) and Mouscron (Belgian D2), would still need a few days to finalize the operation.
Lopez wants to “reconnect” and “consolidate”
“We first want to save a club with an incredible history in French football, a must-see club where great players have gone, explained the former president of LOSC to Sud Ouest last weekend. to imagine Ligue 1 without the Girondins. (…) I was called to look at the file because people consider that I have experience and passion for sport and football. I know how to build economic projects at the service of the athlete. When I was a kid, my football was the multiplex in the small radio stations. I am 50 years old today, you can be influenced when you are between 10 and 15 years old, and at the time , Bordeaux was a big club. When I was called, I was honored to be asked to come. “
“The first thing to do is to renew the link with all the forces around the Girondins, added Gérard Lopez. The supporters, the regional economic, social and political fabric. Secondly, the athlete. It is clear that ‘initially, we will have to consolidate. A healthy sporting ambition in Bordeaux is to look first at the top of the table, in any case the first half, and then, the European places. ” Twelfth in Ligue 1 last season, Bordeaux hopes above all to be on the starting line in early August. With Gérard Lopez, former boss of the Lotus team in Formula 1, have the Girondins found a reliable driver to avoid going off the road?