John Textor’s big announcements for the transfer window


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Barring a miracle during this 38th day of Ligue 1, Olympique Lyonnais will not play in the European Cup next season for the second time in a row. An alarming result for John Textor, the new shareholder and interim president of OL, after the ousting of Jean-Michel Aulas. For next season, the American’s ambition is to change everything in Lyon, in order to allow the club to regularly return to the Champions League. “In terms of organization, it’s a failure not to be in C1”he explains.

In the columns of The Team, John Textor announces that he will remove Bruno Cheyrou from his position as head of recruitment. Decried by the supporters, Cheyrou will not completely leave the OL environment since he will join the structure of Eagle Football. “I don’t know if we are going to recruit a sporting director. I want a scouting director who makes the right decisions for Lyon (…) We are going to prospect in all parts of the world. Players will have to consider playing in Brazil, Europe, move. Bruno will be their lawyer (sic). He will defend their point of view.assured Textor.

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Because the transfer window has been mentioned a lot by the American shareholder. However, OL must find 130 million euros to validate without concern its passage before the policeman of French football, the DNCG. And there again, Textor has a plan and does not intend to bet everything on sales. “We are in contact with the DNCG. The financial projections given to them by Jean-Michel (Aulas) predicted €70 million in sales. I don’t have that intention. Reducing losses, recovering the value of assets, recovering cash with OL Reign are the three ways that will be beneficial to us..

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Alexandre Lacazette, author of an exceptional season on a personal level with 27 goals in Ligue 1, will also be locked out by OL. “I don’t want to sell it. He’s not going anywhere”assured Textor, eager to hit the market hard this summer. “I want us to strengthen the squad with experienced players with a certain tenacity. Recruiting an experienced right-back is a good idea. An additional centre-back would be nice. I don’t know if we will need three or six players. We will discuss it with the coach.. And that will be done with Laurent Blanc, whom he has just confirmed on the Lyon bench for the coming season.

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