If Olympique Lyonnais is having some difficulty in parting with the players it wants to see leave this summer (Houssem Aouar, Moussa Dembélé, Jérôme Boateng, etc.), it does, however, receive many interests for those it absolutely wants to keep. , starting with Castello Lukeba and Malo Gusto. The two young defenders trained at the club, revealed last season, are courted by several major European clubs but the Lyon leaders have been firm since the start of the transfer window: they will not leave this summer.
The question may still arise before the end of the transfer window for Gusto. The 19-year-old right-back, under contract until June 2024, plays in a position where high potentials are rare in Europe and his physical abilities far above average have caught the eye of big teams.
Manchester City and PSG, for example, took information about him in the summer, but without going any further. They especially took date for the future. Two other clubs, on the other hand, have recently positioned themselves, by coming into contact with Gusto’s entourage, and are interested in welcoming the player before the end of August: these are Manchester United and FC Barcelona. .
OL would like to extend it soon
Authors of a catastrophic start to the season (20th in the Premier League), the Red Devils are looking for a starting right-back because Diogo Dalot does not present sufficient guarantees in the eyes of coach Erik ten Hag. The Catalans want to get rid of Sergino Dest in order to make room for Gusto, but they have less financial resources than the English. OL have no intention of selling their player anyway.
“A lot of clubs approached us but we were very clear, no departure”, we explain internally. It remains to be seen where the limit of the Lyon leaders will be. The latter, who had planned to approach their defender soon to discuss extension, are determined to refuse an offer “normal” for the right side. But they will not remain deaf to an offer well above the market price. The next few days will tell if Manchester United, or Barça, are ready for this little madness.