Club president says ‘Leeds did not’ make a £10m bid for his star forward

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Bordeaux have received a bid of around £10 million for striker Alberth Elis but it did not come from Premier League outfit Leeds United, the embattled club’s under-fire president Gerard Lopez tells RMC Sport. 

When quizzed about the future of his client last week – after the 2009 Ligue 1 champions were demoted to the third tier of French football due to their ongoing and ever-more worrying financial issues – Elis’ agent was in no mood to pull any punches.

“It is obvious that Elis is going to leave Bordeaux,” explained Daniel Solis, speaking on behalf of the Honduras international.

“(Bordeaux) are talking to many clubs. And the player and his family are very calm, analysing everything offer that comes (their way).”

Elis, alongside strike partner Hwang Ui Jo, were two of the only bright sparks in a pitch-black season of drama and despair for Les Girondins. And it would take a miracle of biblical proportions to keep both players at the Matmut Atlantique, with Bordeaux gearing up for less-than-glamourous trips to Boug-Peronnas, Colet and Le Puy in 2022/23.

Oh how the relatively mighty have fallen.

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Leeds, amongst others, have been linked with the powerful, athletic Elis. But while Bordeaux have received a sizeable bid for the one-time Celtic target, it did not come from Elland Road.

“I have a written offer of 11 – 12 million euros for Elis. Leeds did not issue an offer,” says the unpopular Lopez, via Girondins4Ever.

“We were talking about (a potential move to) China this winter but he didn’t want to go there.”

Lopez claims that he has also received offers for Jean Onana, Sekou Mara and Hwang, the free-scoring South Korean who has been linked with West Ham United, Porto and others.

And things could still get worse before they get better. If indeed they ever do get better.

There is still a chance that Bordeaux could be demoted further – all the way down to the fifth tier. They will appear in front of France’s National Olympic Committee for a final hearing on July 19.

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