Nice End Negotiations With Olympique Lyonnais Over Loic Remy

OL’s pursuit of the young striker has ended this evening as les Aiglons have ended talks with Remy’s former club.
Nice have enjoyed a pre-season boost as they have seemingly dismissed the threat of Olympique Lyonnais, who were hovering overhead with the hope of pouncing on young forward Loic Remy. It was announced by les Aiglons on Wednesday evening that discussions with OL over the young striker have ceased.

“Following consultation with the board of directors, OGC Nice Cote d’Azur have decided to put an end to any negotiations with Olympique Lyonnais for Loic Remy,” an official release from le Gym stated.

Nice coach Didier Olle-Nicolle had described Remy’s presence in his side as “indispensable” on Monday.

According to L’Equipe, Lyon were reportedly offering a whopping €15 million plus Anthony Mounier for the young forward, who can play through the middle or out wide. Incredibly, the Rhone Valley side allowed Remy to leave their premises just 12 months ago to move to the Stade du Ray for almost half the fee they are now prepared to buy him back for.

Les Gones found themselves chronically short on striking talent last season, while Remy flourished on the Mediterranean coast having been exposed to first team football. An explosive season would ultimately yield 11 goals in 32 league encounters.

OL have invested heavily in the striking department this summer, snapping up Lisandro Lopez on a club record fee while they are expected to complete the signing of Michel Bastos from Lille some time tonight. Combined, these players will have cost the Stade Gerland outfit the best part of €40m, and that’s without even considering bonus clauses.

The very fact they were willing to consider a €15m bid for Remy hints that general manager Claude Puel is still keen to further reinforce his attacking sector. Toulouse forward Andre-Pierre Gignac, who struck 24 times in Ligue 1 last term, is still considered a target, though the Pink City club are desperately clutching the robust forward.

Robin Bairner, Goal.com