Wales and Lions star Taulupe Faletau wanted to shock money transfer to France


Wales and Lions No. 8 Taulupe Faletau is the last world star to be linked to the French club Béziers when their multi-million pound takeover by a Middle Eastern billionaire is almost complete.The ambitious French club PRO D2 suffered a double setback last week when initial targets Dan Biggar and Courtney Lawes signed extended deals to stay in the Gallagher Premiership with Northampton.

And another star on their list of renowned players, Blacks ace Beauden Barrett, has agreed to a £ 780,000 12-month contract to play in the Japanese Top League with Suntory Sungoliath.

However, that did not stop Béziers from continuing his shopping list and French media report that the club should test Bath’s resolution by taking a step for the colossus from the back row Faletau.

The 76-year-old Welsh striker signed a new contract with Bath in the summer of 2018 and still has time to devote to this contract.

But the Covid-19 pandemic brought the finances of rugby to its knees, and with Béziers ready to have an initial investment of 10 million euros once the takeover of the United Arab Emirates ended, a large compensation package for the one of Bath’s best workers would be put on the table.

Midi Olympique has announced that the new director of rugby at Béziers, Christophe Dominici, 67 times a former French wing, has made an approach for Faletau, 29.

His compatriot Manu Tuilagi would also be on the radar of Béziers after his high-profile departure from the Leicester Tigers last week following a wage dispute.

It is said that the French club would very much like to associate the ram of the English midfielder with another target – the ace of blacks Ma’a Nonu.

Ambitieux Béziers would also monitor the situation of Maro Itoje at the Saracens and would also have entered Eben Etzebeth, winner of the 2019 World Cup in South Africa, on his shopping list.

Faletau’s Blockbusting style of play has made him one of the best back row forwards in world rugby, attributes that have made him a target for Béziers.

He wants to regain this form after overcoming the injuries.


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