The recruitment priority for OL and Peter Bosz at left-back had a name: Tyrell Malacia. The 22-year-old Dutch international from Feyenoord, who was very popular with the Lyon coach, seemed close to signing up in recent days, but the new arrivals from the Netherlands on Tuesday put a damper on Lyon’s aspirations.
“OL served as hare for Manchester United”
At first, the sports director of Feyenoord explained to a Dutch media that an agreement had been reached with Manchester United (15 million euros, plus 2 million bonuses), an offer higher than that proposed by OL , which reached 15 million, including bonuses. It remained to obtain the player’s agreement to join Manchester, and in the evening, his representatives would have warned OL, according to L’Equipe, of his choice to favor England. Contacted, the Lyon club confirmed this information of the failure of the negotiation, regretting having “served as a hare for Manchester”.
Like last year when OL failed to attract André Onana, the former Ajax goalkeeper, then Zenit striker Sardar Azmoun, this is a blow for the Lyon club, which must activate now other leads. The former Nice side, today at Watford, Hassane Kamara (28), would be an option, according to the sports daily, but according to no information, it is not the club’s plan B in this position.