So with the season less than a month away and with all teh attention on Real Madrid in the EPL Sir Alex Ferguson has been a busy man. First owen and now this lity Obertan.So who is Gabriel Obertan. I was at Rashid Cassim Sports and I heard some customers engaging in banter talking about this lity.Words were flying that he would be the Toppies next 80 million signing in years to come. So who is this lity that the MANCS are raving so much about
Gabriel began his career playing for his local club in Pantin before moving to a higher level joining Paris FC in 2002. After spending a year there, he did what most youths at Paris FC often do and joined Paris-Saint Germain. Following another year of training, he moved to the famed Clairefontaine academy in order to further his development. It was here where he was first spotted by Bordeaux scouts. After a year at Clairefontaine, he moved to Bordeaux to began training with them.
After spending only a year in the reserves, in 2006, Gabriel agreed to his first professional contract, signing a three-year contract. He was promoted to the senior squad for the 2006–07 season and given the number 26 shirt. He made his professional debut in a league match on September 30, 2006, against Valenciennes, at the age of 17, coming on as a substitute playing 15 minutes. Valenciennes won the match 0–2. He scored his first goal on April 22, 2007 against Saint-Étienne in a 2–0 victory scoring the goal during injury time to seal the win. He made a total 17 total appearances that season, 16 of them as a substitute.
The following season, he signed a contract extension and his playing time increased to 26 matches and 2 goals, though he was still limited to mostly substitute appearances, due to the abundance of other strikers manager Laurent Blanc had in his arsenal. For the first half of the 2008–09 season, his play was limited again, though when he did receive playing time, he continually impressed, scoring a brace in Bordeaux's 4–2 win over Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue. With Bordeaux contending for a title and Gabriel not likely to receive playing time, Blanc decided to loan him out to fellow Ligue 1 side FC Lorient for the rest of the season, where Blanc believed the player would receive more playing time.
At Lorient, Gabriel made 15 total appearances scoring only one goal in a 3–1 win over Grenoble.[
On 6 July 2009, French newspaper L'Equipe announced that Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud had reached an agreement with English club Manchester United for the transfer of Obertan with Triaud stating that an agreement had been reached several weeks ago and that the player had agreed contract terms.The following day, Obertan successfully passed his medical in Manchester and, on 8 July, signed his contract officially making him a Manchester United player.The transfer fee was priced at £3 million with Obertan joining the club on a four-year deal.
So MANCS, What are your guys thoughts on this signing. Will he be another Manucho,Djemba Djemba,Poborski or Forlan?
Also for Juve things have been going well under Ciro Ferraro. In are Cannavaro,Diego and now Filipo Melo. The Brrazilian from Fiorentina who has had a belter of a serie A season as well as a great Confeds Cup Campaign.
Forza Juve....looking forward to good things