Lyon is stuck, in recent days, in a laborious transfer window. After the refusal of the Zenith Saint Petersburg for Sardar Azmoun – a track favored for several weeks by Peter Bosz – then of the Brazilian Willian, OL decided to reorient its market and also to look into defensive tracks.
While Damien Da Silva, Jason Denayer and Sinaly Diomandé appear to be the rare solutions of experience, Lyon is determined to strengthen behind. As indicated in the columns of our daily this Tuesday morning, the track leading to Samuel Gigot (Spartak Moscow) was studied again. Without much progress. It is towards a better known and much more experienced profile that Lyon is turning in recent hours: the former Bayern Munich defender Jérôme Boateng (32), free since leaving Bavaria this summer.
A complex case
It would be a major blow for OL with a player with 600 professional matches (including 85 in the Champions League). But the record of the 2014 world champion is of course complex given his past emoluments. Lyon, faced with concerns about defensive balances, knows it: it will have to make efforts in this matter. To satisfy Peter Bosz, disappointed in recent hours by the turn of the transfer window in Lyon, OL no longer has much choice.