Lyon streamroll their way through the summer transfer window

In a sharp departure from previous years, Lyon have been very efficient in the early part of this transfer window, with multiple signings for the men’s and women’s teams completed within just the first 3 weeks.

This level of productivity is unheard of – I’m used to Lyon dragging their heels all summer, with other clubs pulling their hair out, several Twitter tantrums from Aulas, and at least one Lyon player threatening to boycott training. Someone also usually ends up in therapy. That’s always been the Lyon way.

Everyone’s new favorite boy band: Thiago and the Dream Team

The decisive movements this month are due in large part to Juninho, who insisted on wrapping up major transfers early so that Sylvinho would have the maximum amount of time with a fully complete squad to prepare for next season. This meant that the major departures – Ferland Mendy and Tanguy Ndombele – needed to be resolved very early on in the window in order to bring in replacements accordingly.

And that’s exactly what happened. Before the ink on Mendy’s and Ndombele’s contract could dry, new OL players were already signing their own contracts, which means Sylvinho now has a fully staffed team. The only major player with his future still in the air is Nabil Fekir, but from today’s press conference, the club has made it clear that they will be prepared if he stays.

Financially, the club has already earned €113.07m. Incoming players have cost €64m so far (assuming Joachim Andersen’s fee remains at €25m). If Fekir leaves, he could bring in another €20m-30m. Minor players such as Lucas Tousart, Maxwel Cornet, and Marcelo may be sold as well, in which case one or two additional players would also be recruited.

These two cuties together brought in over €90m in profit for Lyon.

It’s quite possible that this will be a record breaking season for transfers at Lyon. The most they have ever spent on incoming players was in 2009/2010 when they shelled out €81.7m to acquire the likes of Lisandro Lopez and Michel Bastos. The most Lyon have ever earned was in 2017/2018, where they pocketed €119.55m, mostly fueled by the sales of Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso.

The recruitment process for OL Féminin is more vague, as very little information is publicly available on who makes transfer decisions or what their criteria is. From what I can tell from the outside, someone is basically cherry picking the best players from Manchester City and then tweeting about them to Jean-Michel Aulas.

Despite the World Cup stopping nearly all other activity, OL Féminin have extended Amel Majri’s contract, finally ending months of speculation. They’ve also made several acquisitions in the short amount of time since the season ended. And once again, they continue to suffer from over-stacking certain positions. Instead of signing defenders, who they actually need, they’ve brought in more attackers. It pains me to say this, but I actually hope there are a few departures this summer. Otherwise, I foresee a lot of unhappiness on the bench.

Vasseur and his cheekbones will have a tough time managing OL Féminin’s stacked lineup.

They do have a new manager in Jean-Luc Vasseur, who will ably be assisted by Camille Abily (get my pun??? no? ok never mind), but it’s been fairly clear that the manager plays a smaller role in acquiring players. If he did, he’d undoubtedly tell the club to stop buying attackers.

In happier news, several academy prospects have been awarded pro contracts. Four were awarded in quick succession, and another two or three are expected before the end of the summer.

See below for the LONG list of player movements – just from the month of June!

Senior Team (Men)

Departures

Jordan Ferri, Midfielder
Club: Montpellier
Fee: 2m, with incentives up to €1.2m. Lyon will also receive 30% of the capital gain of any future transfer.

Jeremy Morel, Defender
Club: None. Brest, Lorient, and Dijon are interested.
Fee: End of contract

Ferland Mendy, Defender
Club: Real Madrid
Fee: €48m, with incentives up to €5m.

Tanguy Ndombele, Midfielder
Club: Tottenham
Fee: €60m, with incentives up to €10m.

Mathieu Gorgelin, Goalkeeper
Club: Le Havre
Fee: No transfer fee. Lyon will receive up to 40% of the capital gain of any future transfer.

Timothé Cognat, Midfielder
Club: Servette Genève
Fee: €70k. Lyon will receive up to 20% of the capital gain of any future transfer.

Elisha Owusu, Midfielder
Club: KAA Gent
Fee: €1m. Lyon will receive up to 20% of the capital gain of any future transfer.

Christopher Martins Pereira, Midfielder
Club: BSC Young Boys
Fee: €2m, with incentives of up to €0.5m. Lyon will receive up to 10% of the capital gain of any future transfer.

Olivier Kemen, Midfielder
Club: Niort
Fee: End of contract.

TOTAL: €113.07m

Arrivals

Ciprian Tătăruşanu, Goalkeeper
Club: Nantes
Fee: Free transfer

Jean Lucas, Midfielder
Club: Flamengo
Fee: €8m. Flamengo will also earn an unnamed percentage of any capital gain of a future transfer.

Thiago Mendes, Midfielder
Club: Lille
Fee: €22m, with incentives for Lille up to €4.5m.

Youssouf Koné, Defender
Club: Lille
Fee: €9m. Lille will also earn 25% of any capital gain of a future transfer.

Joachim Andersen, Defender [not yet official]
Club: Sampdoria
Fee: €24m, with incentives for Sampdoria up to €6m.

Boubacar Fofana
Club: Saint Priest (was on loan at Ajaccio)
Fee: None. Return from loan

TOTAL: €63m

Senior Team (Women)

Departures

Sole Jaimes
Club: None. Corinthians and Santos are interested.
Fee: End of contract

Arrivals

Katriina Talaslahti, Goalkeeper
Club: Bayern Munich
Fee: Undisclosed

Janice Cayman, Midfielder
Club: Montpellier
Fee: Undisclosed

Nikita Parris
Club: Manchester City
Fee: Free transfer

Jessica Silva
Club: Levante
Fee: Undisclosed

Academy

Departures

Zachary Brault Guillard, Defender
Club: Montreal Impact
Fee: Loan extended to December 31st, 2019

Alexis Martial
Club: Servette Genève
Fee: None. End of training contract.

Thomas Oualembo
Club: None
Fee: None. End of training contract.

Arrivals

Héritier Deyonge, Defender
Club: PSV
Fee: None. Training contract.

Paul Devarrewaere, Midfielder
Club: OL Academy
Fee: None. First pro contract.

Théo Ndicka Matam, Defender
Club: OL Academy
Fee: None. First pro contract.

Titouan Thomas, Midfielder
Club: OL Academy
Fee: None. First pro contract.

Cédric Sofian Augarreau, Midfielder
Club: OL Academy
Fee: None. First pro contract.

 

Photos from ol.fr.

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