French side Bordeaux are close to signing left-back Gideon Mensah on loan from RB Salzburg, according to Fabrizio Romano. The Ghana international will be the first signing of the season for the French side.
Gideon Mensah to Join Bordeaux
Bordeaux Set to Complete their First Signing of the Season
Mensah is close to becoming the first signing of the Gerard Lopez era at Bordeaux. The 23-year-old is very close to joining the Ligue 1 side on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy.
Mensah made his professional debut with Ghanian club WAFA in 2015. The left-back moved to Austrian side Liefering in 2016 and was a key performer for them. Mensah’s impressive Austrian Erste Liga debut saw RB Salzburg signing him in 2017.
Despite signing for Salzburg in 2017, Mensah has not yet made a single appearance for the club, instead going out on loan numerous times. During this period, Mensah has played for Sturm Graz, Zulte Waregem and most recently Vitoria de Guimaraes.
The Start of the Gerard Lopez Reign
It was not so long ago that Bordeaux had been put under administration. The French side’s former owners, King Street Capital Management, refusal to inject capital into the team which resulted in Bordeaux falling under administration in April. The COVID-19 pandemic and the collapse of the lucrative Medipro TV deal saw French clubs falling into a bigger financial cash crunch than the rest of Europe.
Bordeaux had long been suffering from mismanagement. The club had fallen from being one of the title contenders, their last league triumph coming during the 2008/09 season, to relegation battlers due to mismanagement. Last season saw the French side playing the last two months of the season under administration and barely managing to escape from relegation.
The future of Bordeaux was still in doubt before Lopez took over from Kings Street last month. Bordeaux fans will be hoping he can bring the club back on track after years of mismanagement.