After the arrival of its new majority shareholder, John Textor, Olympique Lyonnais will be able to take second place in the transfer window.
The American dream. Yesterday, John Textor, new majority shareholder of Olympique Lyonnais, was presented to the press. In front of a crowded auditorium for the occasion, the businessman put on a show alongside a Jean-Michel Aulas who found someone even more talkative than him. For a good hour, the American thus detailed his career, his vision of football, his project for Lyon while tackling Paris Saint-Germain, whose model he does not like at all. OL’s new strongman also talked about money.
A beautiful transfer window envelope
“86 million euros were first requested. When it comes to access to capital in a broad sense, we were able to convince the sellers who really wanted to select people”, he explained. A large part of this sum will also be intended for the transfer window according to Jean-Michel Aulas. “It will be devoted in part to recruitment. Vincent (Ponsot) and Bruno Cheyrou work there. We have already made good progress. This will come in addition to what we already wanted to devote to greatly strengthening the teams, if the operation had not been carried out. A number of operations have been carried out..
With the extensions of Anthony Lopes and Maxence Caqueret, as well as the return of Alexandre Lacazette, Les Gones have already made good progress, those who want to put OL DNA at the center of their project. The three players, as well as Castello Lukeba, represent the backbone of the Rhone team, which will be managed by Peter Bosz as confirmed by JMA and Textor yesterday. Lyon, which also relies on Malo Gusto, hopes to finalize the extension of Rayan Cherki, whose lease ends in 2023. “I’m waiting for an answer from Rayan Cherki”the president admitted yesterday.
OL are making progress on several issues
At the same time, the Olympians are making progress on hot issues. Concerning Johann Lepenant, the case is practically complete. The Parisian indicated that the Caen player is expected this Wednesday in Lyon in order to pass his medical examination and sign his contract. To recruit him, OL will pay 6 million euros. In search of a left side, the Rhodaniens are advancing on the Tyrell Malacia (Feyenoord) file. According Voetbal Internationaldiscussions between the two clubs are progressing well, Lyon having come closer to the asking price.
The Lyon leaders still hope to bring back Corentin Tolisso (free) and keep Tetê permanently, but Shakhtar Donetsk is claiming 28 million euros according to The Dauphine Libere. Finally, a central defender is always targeted. Issa Diop was notably approached. But this file like the others is on stand-by since Lyon wants to part with Jérôme Boateng and his imposing salary before moving forward on the quest for a central, we were told. He is not the only player for whom the door is open since Houssem Aouar, Tino Kadewere or even Léo Dubois can leave. Lucas Paqueta, he could be the big sale hoped for by Lyon (60 M€). In addition to Newcastle, Tottenham would be attracted. The new OL is taking shape!