According to L’Équipe, Lyon are likely to be forced to sell Alexandre Lacazette this summer in order to balance their budget to satisfy the demands of the French football financial watchdog, the DNCG.
Lyon spent excessively last summer and may be forced to pay the price by selling one of their star players in the coming weeks.
The DNCG would require a sale to go through by the end of June.
Lyon have not received any offers for Nabil Fékir, whilst only AS Roma have made a concrete approach for Samuel Umtiti. OL plan on keeping both around next season.
As for Lacazette, Atletico Madrid are pursuing the French international in a major way and have informed the player and Lyon of their intention to sign him this summer.
Tottenham and West Ham are also interested, but neither side has made an offer.
Lyon want at least €35m plus bonuses in order to part with the player, even if, from a financial perspective, they will do everything that they can in order not to have to sell Lacazette this summer.
They might not have a choice though, even if they hope to sell Mathieu Valbuena and potentially Clément Grenier if possible.
As for incomings they will have to sell before they buy, but they remain dead set on their desire to bring in Wissam Ben Yedder from Toulouse.
They are also considering OGC Nice’s Vincent Koziello.