Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembélé, here in the quarter-final of the Champions League against Manchester City, will they still be Lyon in a month?


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  • After seeing Fernando Marçal and Rafael leave in recent days, OL continue to experience a lively transfer window in the direction of departures.

  • Highly coveted leaders, such as Houssem Aouar, Memphis Depay and Moussa Dembélé, could in turn leave the Lyon squad, deprived of the European Cup this season.

How many “great players” of OL will have the opportunity, by October 5, to experience a trip in coach Rudi's car?

The media release of the Lyon coach, Sunday in


("Memphis, like many of my great players, if he has the opportunity to play in a club built to win the Champions League, I will bring him with my car personally ”), in any case poses a major question: will OL completely become a springboard club, or even a


club, this summer


Because three weeks after reaching the semi-final of the C1 against Bayern Munich (0-3), Lyon seems inclined to let go of leaders like Memphis Depay, Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembélé.

"Memphis, like many of my great players if they have the opportunity to play in a club built to win the LDC, I bring it with my car personally"

Excluded for Téléfoot, Rudi Garcia spoke about the case Memphis and took stock of the Lyon transfer window

- Téléfoot (@ telefoot_TF1) September 6, 2020

“The words of Rudi Garcia may seem harsh for OL but they describe a hyper logical situation, said the former seven-time French champion from Lyon Sidney Govou.

Faced with a season without the Champions League or even the Europa League, players like Memphis Depay and Houssem Aouar inevitably have questions.

In my time, we stayed at the club every summer because it was normal for us to be champions of France here, and we considered ourselves capable of winning the Champions League.


"OL have always sold their nuggets"

Times have changed a lot, with an empty track record for eight years, and an inevitable exodus of the best elements, from Lacazette to Ndombele via Umtiti, Tolisso, Fekir and Ferland Mendy.

"This is nothing new, OL have always sold their nuggets," recalls the players' agent Frédéric Guerra, who lives in Lyon.

There, its workforce is perhaps too large, and given the current economic crisis and the absence of the European Cup, a solution must be found.

I note that overall there is much more transparency than usual in this particular summer market, and a lot of files are moving very quickly.


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The operation "big sale of Lille" (dixit Rudi Garcia Wednesday) ... at OL, with the consecutive departures since Sunday of Fernando Marçal, Rafael (and soon Kenny Tete and Ciprian Tatarusanu), will probably be accompanied by losses. more damaging in the coming weeks, despite the unexpected great collective adventure in Lisbon.

"A new base relying on duty players"?

“After the combination of circumstances in August when everything was pinned down, the reality without the European Cup quickly reappeared, analyzes the former OL side Jean-Marc Chanelet, French champion in 2002 and 2003 in Lyon .

Aulas is not crazy, he knows there is a time to sell.

Memphis has only one year of contract and Aouar will not have the same market value, after a season limited to Ligue 1, as there, at the end of Final 8. "

An economic logic not announcing any good for the sporting prospects of a workforce in full upheaval, which will have to fight to find the podium next May.

“There is a story here and OL will become OL again, tries to positively Sidney Govou.

Juninho must build a new base by relying on duty players, club players.

We must make new elements aware that they do not come to be seen but to perform.

Today, Rennes is more attractive than Lyon.


Juninho "dreams" of a return of Karim Benzema and Samuel Umtiti to OL https://t.co/n5ZYSdsnuR

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The showcase of Ndombele and Aouar by JMA

Unimaginable just two years ago, this observation currently makes sense, as the Breton transfer window is ambitious for a first participation in the Champions League.

And managing to keep a talent as precocious as Eduardo Camavinga (17) for one more season looks like a small feat.

"If Memphis wants to go to Barcelona, ​​OL will not be able to hold him back," recalls the former OL and Blues striker.

President Aulas has always had the same policy when a player really wanted to leave, as with Michael Essien at Chelsea (up from 38 million euros in 2005), but his communication was different before.


Because in the 2000s, far from Twitter, JMA was not going to publicly suggest to PSG to try to recruit one of its midfielders of the dimension of Tanguy Ndombele.

Or slip into an interview with an Italian newspaper: “I would like to see Houssem Aouar at Juventus in the future.

I hope he also has this ambition.

One day or another, I will make a transfer with my friend Andrea Agnelli ”.

"Caqueret will meet the same fate as Aouar" by leaving quickly

Faced with such an uninhibited display of elements with high market value, at the top of the club, should we finally be surprised at the outburst in the press last week of Jeff Reine-Adélaïde (22 years old), frustrated by his playing time on his return to competition after a serious injury to his right knee?

“We see that young people are selling well in Lyon, but on condition that they play,” recalls Jean-Marc Chanelet.

I understand in a sense the exit of Reine-Adélaïde, which is chomping at the bit and which has sought to prick its leaders.

"In this specific case, it is hard to imagine OL being able to make yet another capital gain, just one year after a record investment of 25 million euros (+ 2.5 million euros in bonus) to recruit the former hope Angevin.

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Enjoy the Future.

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“Most French clubs like Monaco, Lille and Bordeaux work like this, and OL are also moving towards


,” notes Jean-Marc Chanelet.

If Lyon does not pass this course of becoming a strong team recognized on the European scene, within two years a kid like Maxence Caqueret will feel it and will experience the same fate as Houssem Aouar.

"Lyon supporters would then be doomed to ask fans of the future Caqueret club, such as Edwin van der Sar for the recent transfer of Donny van de Beek from Ajax to Manchester United," to take care of him and help him to dream ".

Unless the dream has returned to Lyon by then.


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