Lille are in negotiations to appoint Marcelo Bielsa as manager

According to our colleagues at RMC, prospective LOSC Lille buyer Gérard Lopez is currently in advanced negotiations with Marcelo Bielsa to become the club’s new manager, following the sacking of Frédéric Antonetti which occurred yesterday.

A meeting occurred three weeks ago between Gérard Lopez, Luis Campos (who is set to become the Luxembourgian’s right-hand man as a Sporting Director), Marc Ingla, the club’s future General Director and Marcelo Bielsa in London.

Bielsa also recently visited Lille’s training facilities and is understood to have been impressed by the quality of them.

There are a number of stumbling blocks that are putting a spanner in the works as negotiations rage on. The first is that Bielsa wants the final word on transfer policy and is unsure if he can work with Luis Campos in this regard.

Secondly, Bielsa never takes over a team mid-way through a season, because his unique style of play requires a full pre-season in order to be successfully implemented.

Talks continue. Lille are also in discussions with former FC Porto boss Vitor Pereira.

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