In a bid to get out of the bottom spot in the French Ligue 1, Olympique Lyon will be very active in the January transfer market when it is declared open on the 1st of January.
The former French Ligue 1 champions are placed 18th on the 18 team log in the league after a poor start to the season which has seen them lose nine out of the 15 games they have played this season, leaving them with just ten points after four draws and two wins.
According to L’ÉQUIPE, Olympique Lyonnais will finally receive an update from the DNCG, the National Directorate of Management Control, regarding whether their payroll and transfer control measures from last July will be lifted for the Winter transfer window.
An audition between Lyon and the DNCG was held at the Professional Football League headquarters, with both parties reportedly satisfied by the outcome, though a few details remained to be dealt with, specifically regarding missing documents for a “stay of proceedings“, still according to L’ÉQUIPE.
Lyon will be hoping for a positive outcome, as the club is looking to invest heavily during the transfer period, after not having been able to do so during the Summer, opting instead for low-fee transfers and loans to strengthen their squad. If the claims are lifted, they will be able to tap into the €100 million or so that they collected during the summer, notably through the sales of Bradley Barcola and Castello Lukeba to PSG and RB Leipzig respectively.
One of the players that they have penciled down for recruitment is the vice captain of the senior national team of Nigeria Moses Simon, who is heading into the final six months of his contract with fellow Ligue 1 side Nantes.
Simon is their prime target with his record of 29 goals in 161 matches for Nantes since his move from Levante four and half years ago key in their decision to target the 28 year old.
Nantes is however keen on keeping him and they have already started talks with his entourage over an extension of his deal which will expire in the summer.