Lyon turned down Sami Khedira

L’Équipe report that Lyon turned down the opportunity to sign 32-year-old defensive midfielder and World Cup winner Sami Khedira from Juventus this summer.

Just after offloading Nabil Fékir to Real Betis, Khedira’s brother and agent was looking across Europe to find a club where his client, under contract with 2021 with the Old Lady, might be of more use.

In France, Khedira’s representatives quickly turned their attention to OL, who were looking for a deeper-lying midfielder. Italian sources told the outlet in question that discussions were initiated between all the relevant parties and Juve opened the door to a possible loan deal.

But at Lyon, manager Sylvinho decided to turn down this possibility. The Brazilian was neither convinced about Khedira’s fitness nor his capacity to play regularly.

OL eventually turned their attention to Jeff Reine-Adélaïde.


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