Friday evening, Olympique Lyonnais began its season with a rather electric victory against AC Ajaccio (2-1) on the occasion of the kick-off of the first day of Ligue 1. However, if the season is already underway, the transfer window of the Rhone club is not over despite the arrivals of Rémy Riou, Johann Lepenant, Nicolás Tagliafico, Corentin Tolisso and Alexandre Lacazette. Indeed, Peter Bosz had recently called for new recruits, especially in the midfield position.
On this subject, Bruno Cheyrou, the technical director of OL, explained that it was necessary to go through the degreasing operation before recruiting. “The goal, in a first phase, was to offer Peter Bosz to have the maximum of his workforce to start his season. This is what we managed to do with arrivals quite early in the transfer window. We have a workforce that is a little too large, for it to be perfectly coherent, it would have to be reduced. Until it is reduced, there will be no new arrivals”he warned on Prime Video. Indeed, Léo Dubois, gone to Galatasaray, is the only departure of the summer.
“For now, Paquetá is here”
And regarding the players on departure, Cheyrou mentioned the case of Houssem Aouar, close to Real Betis and the Premier League. “He only has one year left on his contract, and like all players in this situation, the question is very open. In the event of an offer, for all these players at the end of the contract in a year, we will think. There has been no offer for the moment, he assured before coming to Moussa Dembélé. No more. Afterwards, there are interests, but between the offers and the interests, there is a small nuance. They are top players and if they stay with us, we will be delighted. If they have other opportunities, we will study what presents itself..
Another hot issue: the future of Lucas Paquetá. If the Brazilian is not on the transfer list, OL could decide to sell him in the event of an interesting offer. “For now, Paquetá is there. We’re glad he’s here. We do not control everything on the market. If there’s ever an offer we can’t refuse, that’s beyond me. It will be up to the president to decide., he added. There could therefore be movement at OL this week, before the first trip of the season to Lorient.