Ellyes Skhiri will not join Lyon after deciding to finish the season with Cologne

Lyon is being snubbed by yet another transfer target, Tunisian midfielder Ellyes Skhiri, at least for now. According to L’Équipe, the Ligue 1 club made progress with the 27-year-old Cologne midfielder over the last few days, but in the end, the former Montpellier man decided to stay in Germany. 

This news will come with great disappointment to OL as they have now failed to bring in two of their top targets for the winter window. There is still hope for the French club,  however. It seems the chance of moving to Lyon in January was too great for a player for values his family-life balance. 

If Rhône based club are still interested in Skhiri he will be available as a free transfer after the season, but with reports of several German clubs’ interest, they will face heavy competition to sign him in the summer. The real difficulty for OL  is there are only three days left in the transfer window for them to sign at least a midfielder. 

GFFN | Tony DesRois

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