Olympique Lyonnais : le mercato en direct, arrivées, départs et rumeurs

Olympique Lyonnais : le mercato en direct, arrivées, départs et rumeurs

The Ligue 1 season hasn’t started yet, but the summer transfer window is already off to a good start! Starting very early, the arrivals of stature followed one another on the side of Olympique Lyonnais. As part of the “Lyonnais DNA” project, the Rhone squad managed to bring back two players who have marked recent years at Lyon: Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso. Losing only minor players in their squad, with the exception of Léo Dubois who, however, seemed to be losing momentum, Lyon start the 2022/23 season with a very interesting squad. Focus on Lyon arrivals, departures and latest rumors for the transfer window.

Arrivals from the Olympique Lyonnais transfer window

  • Johann Lepenant (Military – Caen), €4.25M

Described as the linchpin of Caen’s midfield last season, selected for the France Under-20 squad during the Toulon tournament this summer, the signing of Johann Lepenant to Lyon is a future transfer to the Lyon side.

In a defensive midfield role where Maxence Caqueret, Thiago Mendes and now Corentin Tolisson can evolve, Johann Lepenant will need to be very solid to earn his place and start his first season in Ligue 1.

  • Nicolas Tagliafico (left back – Ajax Amsterdam), €4.2 million

With the desire to make the Lyon team an offensive team, aggressive in pressure, very close to its Dutch formation, Peter Bosz had made Ajax’s Argentinian Tagliafico one of his priorities.

Very close to registering the arrival of Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord, Nicolas Tagliafico will contribute his experience and his capacity for offensive projection by offering an alternative to Henrique on his side, orphaned by Emerson’s return to Chelsea.

  • Alexandre Lacazette (Forward – Arsenal)

Figurehead of the Lyon formation, left at the same time as Corentin Tolisso, at Arsenal by the 31-year-old striker, the English experience did not last for Alexandre Lacazette either.

Somewhat decisive, however, in a Gunners team in difficulty over the past five seasons and, more generally, the departure of Arsène Wenger, Alexandre Lacazette leaves London with 54 Premier League goals scored, a symbol of his ability to be useful in Ligue 1 with smugglers like Lucas Paquetá or Houssem Aouar in his support.

  • Corentin Tolisso (midfielder – Bayern Munich)

Five years after leaving Olympique Lyonnais, Corentin Tolisso is back at the Rhône. After an experience that will have had ups and downs in Germany, Bayern Munich have not wanted to extend the French midfielder who has never shown consistency in important games.

Of great use to the Bavarians in the league, he will be even more so in a Lyon team that lacks experienced players to supervise defensive midfielders in the process of learning (Caqueret and Lepenant in particular).

  • Remy Riou (Goalkeeper – Caen)

Transferred from Caen to take over as backup for Anthony Lopes, Rémy Riou is coming off a fine season with Stade Malherbe. With some very good games last season, such as the victory against Quevilly-Rouen at the end of the season for Caen, it is with experience that the Lyonnais cover themselves for the goalkeeping position and will allow the young Kayne Bonnevie ‘learn from Julian Pollersbeck’ Announce at checkout.

  • Kayne Bonnevie (Guardian – Reserve)
  • Mohamed El Arouch (Midfielder – Reserve)
  • Youssouf Koné (Left Back – Troyes, loan return)
  • Cenk Özkacar (Central Defender – Leuven OH, return from loan)
  • Florent Sanchez (Midfielder – Villefranche FC, return from loan)

Departures from the Olympique Lyonnais transfer window

  • Leo Dubois (Galatasaray), 2.5 million euros
  • Pope Sheikh (Aris Thessaloniki)
  • Malcolm Barcola (City of Tuzla)
  • Lenny Painter (Saint-Etienne)
  • Habib Keïta (Kortrijk, on loan)
  • Yahya Soumare (Bourg-en-Bresse, on loan)
  • Jason Denayer (termination of contract)
  • Tanguy Ndombélé (Tottenham, loan return)
  • Emerson (Chelsea, back on loan)

The latest rumors of the Olympique Lyonnais transfer market

  • Paquetá and Aouar, wait to sell better?

Both announced at the start of the transfer window, Lucas Paquetá, who would be of great interest to Newcastle and Houssem Aouar, courted by Bétis Sevilla, Leicester City and more recently Nottingham Forest, remain part of the group from Lyon.

If Jean-Michel Aulas isn’t stressed about keeping his recruits, he may be making the right decision to watch club-of-interest offers inflate further.

To read also: the Olympique Lyonnais season guide

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