While Olympique Lyonnais has just completed a new white season and will not play any European Cup next season, supporters are still hoping for an ambitious summer transfer window.
The Rhone club obviously intends to strengthen at all levels to forget this catastrophic 2021-22 financial year in Ligue 1. Before that, OL will have to sell and clean up a workforce strongly criticized for his lack of character. In midfield, Houssem Aouar and Thiago Mendes could notably be pushed out to fill the club’s coffers. To compensate for these departures, the current 8th in Ligue 1 intends to recruit young players with high potential.
Among the tracks currently under study, the one leading to Stade Malherbe de Caen midfielder Johann Lepenant (19) seems the most advanced. An agreement is now imminent between the different parties according to information from RMC Sports. OL would have taken the best of Stade Rennais in this case when the Breton club seemed favorites in recent weeks to welcome the French U20 international whose contract with the Norman club runs until June 2023.
A few days ago, Jean-Michel Aulas promised Lyon supporters an ambitious transfer window. If the arrival of Lepenant will not be enough to satisfy them, OL at least have the merit of taking a gamble to prepare for the future. “A number of initiatives have been taken. We had a meeting between noon and two about recruiting. There will be comings and goings. And quite significant risk-taking by Olympique Lyonnais. We want to leave, as we did with the women’s team, with ambitious bases. This is going to require a number of departures and arrivals”, had dropped the president of Olympique Lyonnais last week at a press conference. That day, Peter Bosz had been confirmed as coach and the extension of Maxence Caqueret had been formalized.