Aulas says Gusto will stay at OL this winter and “at least” until June
In a tweet, Jean-Michel Aulas confirms the imminent departure of Karl Toko-Ekambi for Stade Rennais. But the president of Olympique Lyonnais takes the opportunity to affirm that Malo Gusto will stay at the club “at least until June 30, 2023”. The leader did not specify his words, while the 19-year-old French right-back is being insistently courted by Chelsea and his contract ends in mid-2024.
Transfers started again in 2022, France export champion
The number of transfers in men’s professional football reaccelerated last year after two years marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, a rebound which notably benefits French clubs, the top sellers, according to a FIFA report.
If the Brazilians remain the most popular players (in number of transfers as in compensation), it is the French clubs that have exported their players the best, receiving a total of 740.3 million dollars (678 million euros), there still without catching up with the 935.3 million dollars collected in 2019.
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OL: Aulas temporizes for Faivre in Lorient
Jean-Michel Aulas says Romain Faivre will not join FC Lorient until the “conditions set” by Olympique Lyonnais are met by the Breton club. “It’s simple and it does not serve the interests of Romain to tell nonsense”, tweeted the president of Lyon.
According to the latest news, FC Lorient are trying to obtain a loan while OL are asking for a transfer.
Romain Faivre has a contract with OL until June 2026. He was recruited in January 2022 for 15 million euros from Brest.
Prestigious names in Belgium’s shortlist but not Thierry Henry
In search of a coach since the failure of the 2022 World Cup and the departure of Roberto Martinez, the Belgian Federation would like to attract a renowned coach according to Het Niewsblad.
If the tracks leading to Thierry Henry, Claude Puel or even Hervé Renard and Andrea Pirlo have taken lead in the wing, the names of Joachim Löw, Mauricio Pochettino and André Villas-Boas are coming back with insistence. It is still necessary to find a financial agreement with these three coaches who have a good rating in Europe.
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Morgan Schneiderlin leaves OGC Nice and joins Australia
After the Premier League and Ligue 1, Morgan Schneiderlin will discover a new championship. At 33, the former Manchester United or Southampton midfielder flew to Australia. The French international (15 caps) will be released from his last six months of contract in Nice to join Western Sydney Wanderers. Aiglon since 2020, Morgan Schneiderlin is no longer part of the leaders’ plans and has not played any official meeting this season.
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The new exit of Aulas on Cherki
After having already reacted for the first time to information that Rayan Cherki is PSG’s priority track, Jean-Michel Aulas split a new tweet on Thursday. The president of OL appears quite annoyed.
“If there is one thing we all agree on: supporters, club, staff, players, it’s that a talent like Rayan will stay at OL, please don’t look for one more click to send him to the bench of a club where he will not be able to express himself as at home!”
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Lyon target Tottenham player if Gusto leaves
According to the Daily Mail, Lyon are interested in Djed Spence (22), Tottenham right-back in the event of the departure of Malo Gusto (19) at Chelsea. OL would like a loan until the end of the season for the player who joined Spurs last summer from Middlesbrough after a loan at Nottingham Forest. Brentford, Southampton and Leicester are also said to be in the game.
The England defender has played just six games this season, including four one- or two-minute Premier League appearances.
Barça: Atlético ready to revive Ferran Torres?
Not at best this season with Barça, Ferran Torres could have to leave Catalonia during the winter transfer window. According to information from the newspaper Sport, Atlético de Madrid is considering positioning itself for the 22-year-old Spanish winger and has already taken information on the situation when completing the arrival of Memphis Depay.
But if the Colchoneros don’t seem ready to splurge to sign him, Barcelona won’t let go of a player they signed for €55m from Manchester City in January 2022 for free.
OL: the clear position of Losc for Faivre
The transfer window is racing in the home stretch of this month of January. On the OL side, the departure of Romain Faivre is envisaged and Losc seems a possible destination. But the president of the Dogues, Olivier Létang, assured the opposite.
During the wishes of the northern club for 2023, the leader of the Dogues also confirmed the arrival of Benoît Costil, who will come to replace Leo Jardim numerically. The former goalkeeper of Rennes will act as understudy for the young Lucas Chevalier.
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OL want Skhiri, Joao Gomes won’t come
Olympique Lyonnais is looking for reinforcements in the midfield at the end of the transfer window. A rookie who will not be named Joao Gomes, who favors Wolverhampton. According to information from RMC Sport, Lyon has positioned itself on the Tunisian international from Cologne, Ellyes Skhiri.
OM: Dieng determined to join Lorient
Medical examination passed, agreement with Lorient found … and yet Bamba Dieng has not yet signed with the Hakes. Still in Brittany, the OM striker is awaiting an agreement from the Marseille club with the Bretons.
Marseille has not yet officially given him the green light but we are clearly heading towards a transfer from Senegal to Lorient.
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Cold snap in the Yahia Attiyat Allah file for Montpellier
While Montpellier offered a second offer of 700,000 euros + 10% on resale, the transfer of the Moroccan left side to the 15th in Ligue 1 was on the right track. Wydad Casablanca initially gave its oral agreement to the player who wishes to join Hérault. But after long hours of negotiations between the player’s representatives and the Moroccan club on the spot, the latter has revised its demands upwards and is now asking for 1.2 million euros to let the semi-finalist of the World Cup leave. A sum that Montpellier should not align just like Stade Brestois, also interested in Attiyat Allah, at the end of the contract in June. Anderlecht and another foreign club remain in the race.
Torino hopes to overtake OM for Ilic
Announced with insistence at Olympique de Marseille, for the summer of 2023, the Serbian Ivan Ilic is not yet in Ligue 1. If the club chaired by Pablo Longoria is well placed to welcome the 21-year-old midfielder, the Italian club du Torino did not let go.
For the moment, OM’s offer remains higher than that of ‘Toro’ according to the transalpine media, but the player could be tempted to continue his progress in Italy.
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OL: the Cherki file in Paris
Not yet an indisputable holder at OL, Rayan Cherki is PSG’s offensive priority during the winter transfer window. The young (19) and talented attacking midfielder has already been the subject of a first offer but Jean-Michel Aulas has taken out the barbed wire and wants to keep him.
But on the side of Jérôme Rothen, we have another version. If the two clubs are negotiating, Rayan Cherki was unaware.
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The month of January is coming to an end soon and with it the winter transfer window. If the Premier League has already spent a record amount, English clubs could pull off a few splurges before the close. Unsurprisingly, Chelsea still risks taking out the checkbook and Lyonnais Malo Gusto is being tracked.
In France too, the leaders seem determined to strengthen. While waiting for the end of the Moffi and Dieng files between Lorient, OM and Nice, PSG has moved up a gear by contacting OL for the promising Rayan Cherki. On the Rennes side, Karl Toko Ekambi is very close to signing while Lille is multiplying the files.
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