In great difficulty in Ligue 1 for more than a year, Lyon completed the 2019/2020 season in a disappointing seventh place. Not European for the first time in two decades, the Rhone formation ranks in a disappointing eleventh place after 5 days of the championship. A truncated start with only one victory against the red lantern Dijon (4-1) which allowed to highlight the ills of Lyon.
Capable of exploits in the image of their epic in the Champions League until the semi-finals of the last edition, the Gones have more difficulty playing against less upscale teams. In difficulty to break the lines by the pass or the dribble, the team of Rudi Garcia was looking for a player capable of ensuring this role. And at the end of the transfer window, OL found it.
A transfer of 20M €
This is attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta (23). Arriving in the winter of 2019 against 38.4 million euros to AC Milan from Flamengo, he immediately impressed taking the game on his own for six months and carrying the Diavolo to fifth place in the Serie A. Unfortunately, the following season was not one of confirmation. Used 27 times, he will not have found the fault and will have delivered only one decisive pass. Far from his best level, he slowly left Stefano Pioli’s plans.
Sensing the opportunity, Olympique Lyonnais drew 20 million euros as well as a resale percentage to snatch the player. Lucas Paqueta has signed a five-year contract that binds him until June 2025 with the Gones. “Olympique Lyonnais is proud to announce the transfer of Brazilian international Lucas Paqueta, from AC Milan, who has signed up for 5 seasons, ie until June 30, 2025. (…) OL, without waiting for the end of the transfer window, negotiated this transfer for an amount of € 20 million, to which could be added a 15% incentive on a possible future capital gain ”, can we read in the press release published by OL.
– Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) September 30, 2020
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