The sale of Sekou Mara from Bordeaux to Southampton (13M) is on track. It is one more piece in the Bordeaux file expected this Thursday for conciliation before the CNOSF, which should take it into account according to a case law of the Council of State of February 28, 2020, just like the Executive Committee of the FFF (Comex) if the CNOSF gives a favorable opinion on Bordeaux’s request.
A few days after the homologation judgment of the Commercial Court of Bordeaux which validates « the absence of a state of cessation of payments, the durability of the agreements (with the creditors King Street and Fortress), the absence of infringement of the rights of third parties »this sale of Mara comes at the right time for Gironde finances.
“This demonstrates the financial solidity of the club thanks to a reconstituted player asset: thanks to this single operation, the club has already achieved almost all of its sales target (EUR 14 million) in the off-season”the Girondins said in a series of tweets.
This objective was one of the requests of the National Management Control Department (DNCG). After opening a compulsory line of credit of 14 million euros which had not satisfied the federal appeals commission, the president-owner Gerard Lopez had put the same sum in receivership to cover the sales of players from the summer transfer window .
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‘Southampton really wanted the player’
Thursday morning, a close friend of the club welcomed this sale of Mara for 13 million euros (including 2 million bonuses) because « there is no clause linked to whether or not the club will stay in Ligue 2. Southampton really wanted the player”unlike other clubs who were waiting to know the future of the Girondins, administratively demoted to National by the financial policeman of French football
Mara, who will celebrate his 20th birthday at the end of July, has been playing for the Girondins for five seasons where he completed his training.
Appeared for the first time with the professional team in January 2021, the son of Audrey Crespo-Mara, journalist for TF1, has since played 36 matches, including twelve as a starter, for seven goals scored and four assists.
In June, he distinguished himself by winning the Maurice-Ravello tournament with the France U20 team (ex-Toulon Tournament) where he finished top scorer with 5 goals.