André-Pierre Gignac pops up on Beşiktaş radar!

Updated: July 12, 2017

With Beşiktaş habing finally made a big sale, with Marcelo going to Lyon, they now have the necessary financial means to bring in a new striker.

A deal for Vincent Aboubakar has fallen through as Beşiktaş were unable to meet the demands of both FC Porto and Lorient (who own about 60% of the player’s rights) and the Cameroon International has since rejoined the Porto squad, with their new coach Sergio Conceiçao being keen on him. That closes one door but opens up the next, Beşiktaş need a new striker and that is the main reason Marcelo was sold.

Beşiktaş coach Güneş was quite keen on a Marcelo-Pepe partnership and let that be known to the board, however Beşiktaş still needed to sell someone in order to bring in a new high profile striker. With first Mario Gómez and now Vincent Aboubakar not staying longer than a year, Beşiktaş want to make a permanent move happen and in order to do so they needed funds as the club is still under transfer restrictions as per their UEFA Financial Fairplay settlement.

One of the top candidates to fill that role with the Black Eagles seems to be French International André-Pierre Gignac, who is currently under contract with Mexican club Tigers, with whom he has won the Mexican league the last two years straight.

The French striker shocked the world two years ago when he snubbed clubs such as Inter Milan and Olympique Lyon in order to go on to an adventure in Mexico with Tigers. Many questions the Frenchman’s move, but he has continued to flourish in central America, scoring an impressive 58 goals in 93 appearances for Tigres.

Gignac has been embraced by the Mexican fans and is incredibly populair, Tigres will be reluctant to let him leave but a move is not out of the realm of possibilities. The 31-year old French striker has scored 21, 28 and 25 goals in the past 3 league seasons respectively and while he is turning 32 in December, is still very much considered to be in the prime of his career and was even included in Didier Deschamps’ EURO 2016 squad, selected over young up and comers like Alexandre Lacazette. He faced Beşiktaş stars Ricardo Quaresma and Pepe in the final of EURO 2016, nearly deciding the match in France’s favour in the dying seconds of regulations playing time, just 12 minutes after coming on the pitch, but his shot agonisingly hit the inside of the post despite beating Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Portugal ended up winning the final with a goal in extra time by Éder.


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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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