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Will Olympique Lyonnais be limited in its recruitment by the National Directorate of Management Control (DNCG)? The wage bill of the Lyon club should be supervised by the body that governs football in France, limiting the room for action of president John Textor.

Olympique Lyonnais, recently bought by John Textor, was subjected Tuesday to a "supervision of the wage bill and transfer allowances" by the National Directorate of Management Control (DNCG), announced the Professional Football League. The decision taken by the financial policeman of French football limits OL's room for manoeuvre on the transfer market, without however prohibiting transactions.

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The DNCG not convinced

The club bought by American businessman John Textor and his holding Eagle Football, in December 2022, has not fully convinced the DNCG which, last week, had pronounced a "stay of proceedings pending additional elements". The entry of Eagle Football to the tune of 77% of OL Groupe's capital represented a historic turning point for the Ligue 1 club, chaired for 35 years by Jean-Michel Aulas.

The Rhône club, seventh in the last championship, will not play in any European Cup this season, which de facto limits its claims in terms of recruitment. However, he relieves himself of the high salaries of Houssem Aouar, Moussa Dembele and Jérôme Boateng, all at the end of their contracts.