Report explains why Fulham's £12m Youssouf Sabaly move collapsed

Former Leicester City Manager Claudio Ranieri  during the lap of the pitch in honour of the clubs late Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the Premier League match between Leicester...

Bordeaux's Ligue 1 right-back Sabaly underwent a medical ahead of a £12m move to the Premier League on transfer deadline day.

SAMARA, RUSSIA - June 28: Youssouf Sabaly of Senegal before a throw in during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Senegal and Colombia at Samara Arena on June 28, 2018 in...

Fulham triggered Youssouf Sabaly’s £12 million release clause on transfer deadline day but the Senegal international will not be on his way to Craven Cottage, according to Sky Sports.

It was well documented that Claudio Ranieri wanted to bring in a new right-back during the month of January with Cyrus Christie failing to convince and Timothy Fosu-Mensah out of favour.

 

The speedy Bordeaux ace Sabaly emerged as their top target in the final few hours of the transfer window and, according to Sky, Fulham agreed to pay the £12 million fee that would have forced the Ligue 1 outfit to cash in.

Sabaly even completed a medical but, in a surprise twist, Sky claims that the deal collapsed at the 11th hour.

Bordeaux's Senegalese defender Youssouf Sabaly (L) vies with Saint-Etienne's French midfielder Yannis Salibur during the French L1 football match between FC Girondins de Bordeaux and AS...

Why? Well, the report claims that Fulham received no reply from Bordeaux despite trying to get in touch during a four-hour period on deadline day.

As a result, the West Londoners were unable to get the deal over the line, meaning Ranieri will have to make do with the players already at his disposal.

Sky adds that Sabaly could now take action against Bordeaux for a breach of contract so there could be a few chapters left in this rather bizarre tale.

SK Slavia Prague's Slovak midfielder Miroslav Stoch (L) FC Girondins de Bordeaux's Senegalese defender Youssouf Sabaly vie for the ball during the UEFA Europa League 1st round Groupe C...

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