Romain Faivre and Karl Toko-Ekambi, Olympic strikers on loan (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP)
From Sunday, all eyes will be on the transfer market. At OL, the issue of loan returns can cause some problems.
There is still this shift to go On a Saturday, but for two days the season offBEER is almost officially over. There will be no European Cup next season and the fans now expect only one thing, that the artistic vagueness of sports strategy will disappear and for John textor announcing the first changes to the organization chart. Because at present the impression is of a club without a real boss. Discreetly, does the American move his peasants out of sight? One has to hope, as the summer will not be a long period of sunbathing, on the contrary.
I’BEER will have to rethink its workforce with the limitation that it is not European. Lawrence white has already explained her wishes to John textor, only remains to know if the Lyon coach will still be in place and if he will be consulted. Last season, the Lyon club had anticipated its transfer window quite well with rapid arrivals. Only, it is actually towards the departures that chaos had reigned. To fart Bosch found themselves with too large a group and bylaws to manage.
Will the Olympics still pull financial balls?
white will he experience such a scenario in the coming weeks? During the winter, management had cut the workforce with layoffs, but without finding long-term solutions. In the coming weeks, no fewer than eleven will return between Rhône and Saône if the purchase options are not exercised. The various cases according to the players, but with seven elements at the end of the contract in 2024 and not least (KadewereToko-Ekambi, Queen Adelaideetc.), it will be necessary to avoid reliving the episodes Aouar And Dembele… For many of them, interest will remain limited, and if there is resale, it will necessarily be at a loss.
Toko-Ekambi, a case all by itself
While waiting to find out if solutions are found, this is the Karl episode Toko Ekambi the most feared in the Lyon environment. His departure allowed Bradley’s breakout Barcelona but the problem is above all elsewhere. Received by some of the supporters, the Cameroonian striker did not necessarily calm things more than 700 km from the capital of Gaul. On the contrary. Twice he added fuel to the fire and ensured that he will never wear the Lyon shirt again. This position can be agreed, but by creating a definitive break, Toko-Ekambi has put the Olympics in trouble. The Lyon club had to find him a way out during the summer.
Only, the completed divorce will not allow the Lyon team to really hold the cards. The affected clubs are aware of the situation and know that the OL will not be able to behave. “OL today is stuck in the Toko-Ekambi case. The player retains some value, but since he could represent 7-8 million euros a few weeks ago, today he is actually worth much less in the sense that the situation does not can continue between the two parties, a recruiter from a French club tells us. Interested clubs will not hesitate.”
With one more year of contract, the opportunity to be demanding in the choice of his future club, Karl Toko Ekambi is in a position of strength like what Houssem was capable of Aouar and Musa Dembele last season. Only, they had not yet taken a dislike to a part of Parc OL. And if everything was finally settled with a breach of contract?
Loans are returned for the Olympics this summer:
Tino Kadewere (option to buy for RCD Mallorca) under contract with OL until June 2024
Julian Pollersbeck (FC Lorient) under contract with OL until June 2024
Romain Faivre (FC Lorient) under contract with OL until June 2026
Karl Toko-Ekambi (Stade Rennais) under contract with OL until June 2024
Jeff Reine-Adelaïde (ESTAC) under contract with the Olympics until June 2024
Youssouf Koné (AC Ajaccio) under contract with OL until June 2024
Cenk Özkaçar (purchase option for Valencia) under contract with OL until June 2025
Florent Sanchez (FC Volendam) under contract with OL until June 2025
Camilo (RWD Molenbeek) under contract with OL until June 2024
Yahya Soumaré (Bourg-Péronnas) under contract with OL until June 2024
Habib Keïta (KV Kortrijk) under contract with OL until June 2025