Mercato | Mercato – ASSE: A 40M € operation saved the club!

Posted on October 21, 2021 at 5:00 am by AM

Former director general of ASSE, Xavier Thuilot reveals that the sale of Wesley Fofana to Leicester was not scheduled … but essential for the Greens.

During the summer transfer window of 2020, ASSE found itself forced to sell Wesley Fofana . And yet, Claude Puel relied on his central defender and even made him one of the frameworks of his project. However, the club's finances, severely impacted by the Covid crisis and the failure to pay TV rights by Mediapro, pushed the ASSE to change its plans by accepting the € 40M offer of Leicester for Wesley Fofana . General manager of the Greens at that time, Xavier Thuilot even revealed that this sale saved the club.

“Without selling Fofana, the club would have disappeared”

“You know, I was there when Wesley Fofana left and it was not planned! But five days before the end of the transfer window, we learn through our networks that the Mediapro deadline of October is not paid. So there, it is no longer a question of emotion, of sport … is it how we do to pay the employees of the club until June 30, whatever their profession? Without selling Fofana, the club would have disappeared. It was impossible otherwise, ”he says in an interview with Poteaux-Carrés.

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