Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas proudly declared, earlier in the week, that les Gones would be able to flex their financial muscles this summer to a greater extent than rivals Girondins de Bordeaux and Olympique de Marseille.
Now he is reportedly about to prove his point by making moves for Aly Cissokho, Lisandro Lopez and Mevlut Erding, according to France Football.
Porto left-back Cissokho was a hugely impressive force during the club’s Champions League run, which was halted by Cristiano Ronaldo’s screamer from distance. It is no secret that OL are seeking additional cover in that role, despite continued assertions that Fabio Grosso will not leave, and the 21-year-old French-born player would seem a likely target.
However, Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich are also believed to be on the former Guingamp player’s case and are considered to have a little more financial power at their disposal than Lyon.
But les Gones are also looking at Lisandro Lopez, a player who scored 24 times in the Portuguese top flight for Porto last season, and could be tempted into a double swoop worth a reported €35 million. According to the report, presidential advisor of OL, Bernand Lacombe, met with the Argentine international’s agent this week.
Should this move fall through, Lyon will turn their sights to Mevlut Erding, who is reportedly valued by Sochaux at around €10m. The Turkish international striker, who was largely anonymous last night during the Turks international friendly encounter against France at the Stade Gerland, has been considered close to a move to Paris Saint-Germain, however, it is hinted that this could simply be a ploy to increase his market value.
Changes will certainly be made in the Rhone Valley over the coming weeks, although the parameters in which Lyon will be working have only been implied and, therefore, it is tough to consider who may be realistic targets for them.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com