Le Mans to listen to Pele offers
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Le Mans have revealed they are willing to sell Arsenal and Tottenham target Yohann Pele.
Le Mans have revealed they are willing to sell Arsenal and Tottenham target Yohann Pele in the summer.
Arsenal have held a long-term interest in the highly-rated goalkeeper, while reports emanating from France suggest Spurs are ready to rival their North London rivals for Pele.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a fine season with Le Mans who have admitted previously there has been interest in Pele are now ready to let him move on.
Le Mans chairman Henry Legarda is planning for next season and will not stand in Pele's way if they receive the right offer.
"Yohann Pele will be the only one who will be allowed to leave" Legarda told L'Est Republican.
The news is sure to alert both Spurs and Arsenal who could now fight it out for his signature in the summer.
Legarda also revealed that out-of-contract trio James Fanchone, Olivier Thomas and Yannick Fischer will not be offered new deals at the club, but he is determined to keep Ismael Bangoura and Marko Basa.
"We won't keep out-of-contract players Thomas, Fanchone and Fischer," added Legarda.
"Concerning Ismael Bangoura, he can say whatever he wants. The best for him is to stay one more season with us.
"He still has a lot of things to learn. He won't leave.
"Newspapers write tons of stories about Marko Basa, but I remain the one that decides. Unless we receive an exceptional offer, his departure is out of question.
"And I want to contradict the eventuality of a swap deal with St Etienne's Yoann Hautcoeur (who left Le Mans last summer). I never sign again players that left us."
Legarda also revealed that Le Mans coach Frederic Hantz will remain at the club despite his reluctance to sign a new deal.
"Our coach, Frederic Hantz, doesn't want to extend his contract, but will stay next year," continued Legarda.
"He has to stay one more year. Then, he will be free. We will have to offer him a big team in order to make him stay."