Mercato: the destokage operation is launched

A week before the end of the winter transfer window, OL have launched major maneuvers to separate themselves from undesirable players. Party in Seville, Jeff Reine-Adelaide will be the first of a list that the club would like long.

It’s not just in the big brands that it’s the sales. At OL too, it’s the operation “big destocking” at the end of January. By announcing very clearly that players were unfortunate in Lyon, Laurent Blanc has somewhat triggered the button of a wave of compulsory departures from its leaders. the pressure stroke by Mohammad El Arouch only added a little more pressure to Lyon’s decision-makers in order to find ways out. To say that the young midfielder was the missing piece in the starting machine would be daring but it is clear that everything has accelerated since then. In a breathless workforce, Blanc wants new blood while the supporters hope to find players who wet the shirt.

This will require arrivals and one week from the end of the transfer window, it is above all dead calm. But in the direction of the exits, there are people who jostle at the gate to take to their heels. Between Roman faivreKarl Toko EkambiThiago Mendes or even Jeff Queen Adelaide, the last week of the transfer window promises to be busy and JRA is the first to launch this operation. He was not necessarily the first to be shown the exit door, but his 20 minutes in the last three Ligue 1 games have certainly prompted him to review his position. The interest of Sevilla FC came at the right time.

The loan, a bandage more than a solution

Arrived in the Andalusian city on Monday evening, the middle must commit this Tuesday for the next six months with an integrated purchase option (€12m). In Andalusia, Reine-Adelaide will try to revive and convince the Spanish club to exercise its option at the end of the season. A quick solution to get rid of a player who certainly had no desire elsewhere but who could not find his level. And this is perhaps the limit of this enthusiasm to see OL being on the way to offloading certain players said “unfortunate”.

At the present time, all the solutions envisaged are above all loans. The Lyon club would like dry transfers for Romain faivre and Karl T.oko-Ekambi but all the proposals lead only to the temporary. For the Cameroonian striker, Rennes is willing to welcome him and a paid loan but without an option would be under study. A very short-term solution to try to calm the pressure put on by the supporters and above all to send away from Décines the bad vibes that have been polluting the workforce for months. The only transfer that is announced is finally for a player whose sale was not necessarily scheduled immediately with Malo taste. Still have to come to terms with chelsea.

Reine-Adelaide the first of a long list?

Only, this bandage is not viable. If the trend of no call option is confirmed for Karl Toko Ekambi, the striker will be back in six months. With a contractual situation which will be exactly the same as those of Houssem Aouar and Musa Dembele which the club is trying to get rid of this winter without success and which have become a financial drag.

In June, Toko-Ekambi will only have a one-year contract with a comfortable salary and may not be willing to pack up in the summer of 2023 as his two partners did six months ago. OL are trying to clean things up and that’s a good thing. But the emergency situation with this end of transfer window pushes the club to go to the most urgent. Only, this is most certainly not the best situation.

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