Mastiffs victims of their success! After having lifted with joy the trophy of champion of France on May 23, the residents of the Pierre-Mauroy stadium knew that the time would come to say goodbye. It’s no secret, several departures were expected within the northern team. First, that of Christophe Galtier. Courted by Lyon and Naples, the French technician gave his preference to Nice. We told ourselves that this file would be closed fairly quickly.
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But ultimately, he’s been dragging his feet for almost three weeks now. While Galtier and the Aiglons have agreed on a three-year contract, it has not progressed. The LOSC, which has not been officially contacted by Nice, would claim compensation of 5 million euros for the last year of his coach’s contract. And even if this price could drop, since Lille could open the door in the event of an offer included 2.5 and 3M €, the various parties are stagnant.
As for the players, the transfer window promised to be agitated. It was quickly since Mike Maignan joined AC Milan on May 27. A 15M € operation. The next to follow was to be Boubakary Soumaré (22 years old). May 26, RMC Sport even spoke of an agreement with Leicester for a transfer of 25M €, as well as a 5-year contract and a scheduled medical examination a few days later. But we explained to you that, although the file was on the right track, nothing had yet been finalized at that time.
Several hoped-for sales
And we are still at this stage at the time of this writing, even if the community should a priori engage with the Foxes. Other sales are expected during this offseason, especially those of Jonathan Ikoné (23 years old) and Jonathan Bamba (25 years old). Two free items in June 2023. Sky Italia recently announced that Atalanta was on the job for the Lille duo. And for each of them, the Northerners would claim 25M €. Or a 50M € operation for the DEA!
But the competition is tough. Regarding Ikoné, Borussia Dortmund has also been cited as a contender. The BVB would see in him a potential successor to Jadon Sancho and would be ready to pay 25 M € according to France Football. AS announces for his part that Valencia and Betis are also on the spot. Renato Sanches (23) also comes to a turning point in his adventure in Lille, where his contract runs until 2024. A club where he revived after having disappointed at Bayern Munich. José Mourinho’s AS Roma would be very interested. Another popular player: Sven Botman (21).
Burak Yilmaz plays the watch
After a season in France, the Dutch defender is stirring up envy. It had already started this winter, when Liverpool looked for defensive reinforcement to make up for the numerous injuries. Six months later, the former Ajax player still has crazy odds since Manchester United is seduced by his profile. More experienced, Burak Yilmaz (35) also made a success of his year in L1. Under contract until June 2022, the Turk had not ruled out a departure for a press conference at the end of May.
“There are offers but I am only thinking of the match against Italy for the moment (…) I do not know if I would stay in Lille or if it will be elsewhere. I’m focusing entirely on the European Championship at the moment. There are some great transfer offers to come ”. The striker therefore intends to decide after the Euro, he who benefits from serious touches with Fiorentina and AS Roma. La Louve who also thinks of José Fonte (37 years old) according to The voice of the North. The Portuguese defender, who has received a proposal that does not suit him, is at the end of his contract. After a well-deserved title, LOSC is preparing for the flight of its talents!