Speaking at a press conference unveiling the arrival of 21-year-old box-to-box midfielder Jean Lucas, Lyon President Aulas was asked about the club’s summer window more generally.
On Tanguy Ndombele:
The demands from Juninho and Sylvinho are very precise. We have done the essentials in terms of departures. We will need substantial proposals to make things with Tanguy Ndombele advance, who is a requestor (of a departure). He is being solicited by most of the great clubs. For the moment, nothing is done. But the door is maybe ajar. If he has to depart, we have made enquiries for a certain number of players. Thiago Mendes is one of them.
On the future of young players:
Cheikh Diop, Maxence Caqueret and Amine Gouiri are true prospects. They are going to stay and will be part of the 1st team squad… I am more and more optimistic for Rayan Cherki. It is truly in his interest to stay at Lyon. There are approaches from big clubs. I believe in his parents and that things will be sorted out.
The extension of Anthony Lopes:
We have sat down with his agents. We confirmed the offered that we made to him over a 3-year contract extension. His agents wanted an extension for 5 years. That is inaccessible for the moment. We will meet with Anthony and his agents at the beginning of next week.