Comebacks and departures in Lyon
In recent days, the Gones have spent the second on the transfer window. After convincing Alexandre Lacazette to make a comeback to their training club, OL formalized last night the signing of the defensive midfielder Johann Lepenant for €4.25 million, to which a bonus of €2.5 million could be added. The 19-year-old nugget from Stade Malherbe de Caen is now linked with the Rhone club until 2027. At the same time, two ex-Lyonnais could return to the fold: they are Corentin Tolissofree of any contract and Samuel Umtiti, who made OL his priority. Les Gones want to keep Heat but will have to put €28m on Shakhtar’s table to keep him, according to Le Dauphine Libere. In the meantime, Lyon is still advancing on the case Tyrell Malacia (Feyenoord Rotterdam). The Dutch and French clubs are very close to agreeing. On the departures side it is also heating up. Courted by Newcastle and Arsenal, Lucas Paqueta has a new suitor. He caught the eye ofAntonio Conte, who would very much like to bring him to Tottenham. The Brazilian international could well be convinced. It will be necessary to pay 50 M€ to afford the player. That’s not all because Lyon would like to sell several elements, in particular Jerome Boateng and his impressive salary. Houssem Aouar, Tino Kadewere even Leo Dubois could also leave.
Sampaoli close to a start!
In Marseilles, according to AS, Jorge Sampaoli would like to slam the door at OM. The former Argentine coach has the feeling that he will not really have a team at the expected level for next season. The departures from Saliba and Kamara as well as failures in cases considered a priority by Sampaoli, such as Axel Witsel, did not please him at all. For now, both parties are still working on an extension of his contract which expires at the end of the season. As for the transfer window, OM inquired about Nuno Tavares, who has been playing at Arsenal since last summer. According to our information, OM have made a loan offer with an option to buy for the 22-year-old side. Arsenal have not yet given an answer to the Olympians, but are open to the idea of a loan.
Officials of the day
River Plate loses a second player. After giving in Julian Alvarez in Manchester City, the Argentine club loses Enzo Fernandez. The 21-year-old midfielder, author of 9 goals and 6 assists this season in all competitions, will join Benfica. The Lisbon club has announced that it has reached an agreement in principle for €10m + €8m in bonuses, for 75% of the player’s shares, who will join Portugal at the end of the calendar year. Christopher Nkunku extends to RB Leipzig. The best Bundesliga player was coveted by Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid. The French extends his contract with the Red Bull team until 2026.
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