Towards the middle of July, we covered a story that Cardiff City were interested in Younnousse Sankharé, currently contracted to Bordeaux in France.

The Championship side were looking to strengthen their defence with the midfielder, but were facing competition for his services from a couple of La Liga sides.

In the end, the player ended up staying in the south of France, but that doesn’t mean his situation is all the better for it, as his manager doesn’t have him in his plans going forward.

Speaking to France Bleu, journalist Clément Carpentier explained what exactly happened over the summer and detailed how far talks over a move to the Cardiff City Stadium went.

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He said, relayed by Girondins33: “After two months being pushed to one side, Sankharé will return to Paulo Sousa’s group, and the reunion with the manager could be interesting. He didn’t want the player, and the club did everything to try and get him out, reaching an agreement with Cardiff, Leganés and Alavés.

“The player was ready to go, especially to Leganés, but in the end, it all fell through meaning he’s still here despite having an extremely tense relationship with Sousa.”.

The journalist explained a ‘contract termination’ is something that could happen, but isn’t something being talked about just yet.

As for Cardiff, they ended up signing Marlon Pack to bolster their midfield, and it remains to be seen if their interest in Sankharé is still there.

If he becomes a free agent, we’ll find out soon enough.