The player transfer that we all knew was coming has finally happened.
Bayern Munich announced this morning that they have sold 24-year-old Diego Contento to Ligue 1 side Girondins Bordeaux for an undisclosed fee. One of the small wrinkles in this agreement though is that Bayern Munich retain 50% of Diego Contento's rights meaning any sale from Bordeuax will require their approval along with scoring Bayern Munich half of the transfer fee. Not a bad bit of business for a third string backup.
With the arrival of Juan Bernat earlier this season, it seemed that Diego Contento's 19-year run with Bayern Munich was finally coming to an end. Linked with multiple loan moves over the past two years and now third on leftback depth chart, with no apparent place in Pep Guardiola's plan, a move away was almost a foregone conclusion. Last season, Bordeuax finished seventh in Ligue 1, narrowly missing out on Europa League qualification. Diego Contento will most likely serve as the primary left back as Bordeaux's current left back, Lucas Orban, looks to be on the verge of a move to Spanish side Valencia.
In some ways, it's a disappointing end to a story, and a player, that just a couple years ago shone so bright for Bayern Munich. Now, it will in all likelihood it will be lost in the dusts of time; unless Diego Contento turns into a world class left back and leads Bordeuax to the Ligue 1 championship. But that's a story for another time.