Since Saturday, Olympique Lyonnais has had one more player in the person of Nicolas Tagliafico, the Argentine defender who arrived from Ajax Amsterdam. A good pick in this first half of the transfer window.
The failure of negotiations with Feyenoord concerning Tyrell Malacia showed OL leaders that it was important not to declare victory too quickly during the discussions in the Netherlands. Jean-Michel Aulas already knew it for a year, after the brutal failure in the Andre Onana file, caution is in order when it comes to finalizing operations in this country. So when the first contacts with Ajax Amsterdam were mentioned in the context of the possible signing of Nicolas Tagliafico, Olympique Lyonnais did not want to get carried away. Bruno Cheyrou and Vincent Ponsot having even activated other tracks if the arrival of the Argentine defender turned into a fiasco. And sincerely, when the name of FC Barcelona came out of nowhere as a possible base for Tagliafico, many people thought that Peter Bosz was once again going to see one of his choices slipping away from him. But 48 hours ago, OL had the pleasure of confirming that Nicolas Tagliafico had signed a three-year contract. And internally, we breathed a big sigh of relief.
Lyon did not believe they could recruit Tagliafico
— Nico Tagliafico (@nico_taglia) June 1, 2022
As the boss of the Olympique Lyonnais recruitment unit explained on Monday, the arrival of the Argentinian international defender was uncertain and above all did not really seem possible for OL. ” For me, Nicolas was infeasible for a long time before realizing that it was. We did what we could do in seduction, in the presentation of the project, of the club, among other things, and we ended up succeeding. So much the better. Because it is an element that we could miss to give us even more experience, solidity. He brings Argentinian gnac, he has a lot of commitment and determination. He also brings us his qualities as a center, he can deliver decisive passes. He will bring us a lot “, explains, in L’Equipe, Bruno Cheyrou, convinced of having made a very good pick for OL.