Lyon, the surprising king of the winter market… in the absence of Benrahma

Lyon, the surprising king of the winter market... in the absence of Benrahma

‘For great evils, great remedies’, John Texter might have thought American businessman who took over Jean-Michel Aulaslike a boss Olympique Lyonnais after 36 years.

‘OL’ is currently in 16th place with 16 points after 19 games., in other words: Will play in a ‘playoff’ (promotion) for relegation to Ligue 1., try to avoid this Two coaches (Laurent Blanc and Fabio Grosso) have been fired. So far this year… and he’s completely out.

On ‘Planet Football’ no team has spent more than ‘OL’ on signings in the winter market: 50.13 million euros. And, be careful, there may be more. lyon is waiting Premier validates the transfer of Said Benrahma Which, as was the case with Pablo Fornals at Betis, was not finalized Due to (alleged) West Ham computer error, “This is incomprehensible behavior that raises questions,” French club condemned

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Olympics, nevertheless, exceed amount of spending Barcelona (40), PSG (40), Bayern (30), Zenit (29.85), Crystal Palace (29.10) and Benfica (27). Going a little further: even more money has been spent on transfers The entire Portuguese league together (47.4), the English Second League (32.07) and the emerging Saudi Pro League (23).

Fifty million has been used to sign six different players: Gift Orban and Malic Fofana (Ghent), Orel Mangala (Nottingham Forest), Lucas Perry and Adrielsson (BofAfogo) and Nemanja Matic (Rennes).

Let’s go by parts. Nemanja Matic arrives from Stade Rennes in exchange for 2.6 million euros, Former Chelsea, Manchester United and Roma player, among others, Will provide seniority and placement in midfield (35) From his important role.

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Orel Mangala. Belgian midfielder, 25 years old, He arrives on loan from Nottingham Forest with an option to purchase. His physical presence seems important in the ‘engine room’.

Malik Fofana (18 years old) is the most expensive of the winter signings made by ‘OL’ (17 million). Belgian, with Guinean origins, coming from Ghent. He can play on the left, especially as a winger, or as a forward. He had five goals and six assists this season.

Gift Orban was one of the great revelations that left us last year. The 21-year-old Nigerian attacker arrived in Ghent from Stabæk and scored almost one goal per game: He scored 20 goals in 22 games. This season he scored 12 goals in 30 matches. Lyon paid 12 million for him.

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Adriaelson and Lucas Perry should almost be considered a ‘pack’. ‘OL’ paid 3.58 and 3.25 kilos for the Brazilian center back (25 years old) and goalkeeper (26). Both have ‘crossed the pond’ from Botafogo, also owned by Texter, And they have signed Luiz Henrique for 20 million. There is therefore speculation that the former Betis player will finish next season in Ligue 1.


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