L’Équipe report that Sporting Director Juninho made a number of efforts to reinforce his Lyon squad on transfer deadline day, notably in attack.
He approached French international forward Anthony Martial about returning to his former club on loan without an option to buy for the rest of the 2021/22 campaign, but the player refused.
Talks internally also occurred about 38-year-old winger Franck Ribéry, an idea that was liked a lot by manager Peter Bosz. But in the end Juninho decided not to seriously pursue a deal.
OL also tried to sign Pablo Sarabia on loan from PSG, but the Spaniard was instead pushed towards Sporting Portugal to enable Les Parisiens to close a deal for Nuno Mendes.