After Alexandre Lacazette, Olympique Lyonnais is advancing its pawns to bring Samuel Umtiti back, convinced that a return to the fold would do him good.
A club legend, Lacazette, and a promising youngster, Lepenant, the Olympique Lyonnais transfer window started in a pleasant way for the supporters. However, the latter are vaccinated by previous summers where expectations have not necessarily been met. With the change of ownership in progress, new financial means will come to help OL complete its recruitment. This could be decisive in several cases, such as that of Tyrell Malacia, which is struggling to be completed given the difficult negotiations with Feyenoord Rotterdam. In defense but in the axis, Lyon also dreams of a reinforcement after the disappointing season of Jérôme Boateng, and the departure of Jason Denayer. The name of Samuel Umtiti has often come up, even if the state of health of the 2018 world champion leaves many people perplexed. Nevertheless, a door has opened for the return of the “Roc”, and Sport claim that the French international has accepted the idea of having to leave FC Barcelona to find playing time.
Barca ready to offer Umtiti
Foot Mercato goes even further, and claims that the central defender has made a return to Lyon his priority, especially since Alexandre Lacazette has also decided to find his way back to Groupama Stadium. It will not be so easy to negotiate with the “General”, who was free from any contract. The 28-year-old defender has a contract until 2026 with the Catalan club, due to an effort made to lower his salary during the Blaugrana’s financial crisis, against an extension. Nevertheless, the Spanish club will not hesitate to make a big effort to let go of a player who no longer plays at all. On the side of OL, caution remains in order. Because if the operation is feasible, we do not want to live a “Sergio Ramos” PSG version with a player who is not physically fit to play a full season. The many problems encountered by Umtiti since his coronation in 2018 are obviously taken into account in Lyon, where the reform of the Gang des Lyonnais will not be done at all costs either.