Lyon have all but ended their interest in signing Manchester City duo Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer after striking a personal agreement with Besiktas defender Marcelo.
The Ligue 1 side explored deals for both City centre-backs, firstly Mangala who was spotted in Lyon on June 20, leading to speculation of a move. OL then confirmed interest in the 26-year-old and there were even reports of a medical, but the situation changed.
Lyon were suddenly said to be more keen on Mangala’s City teammate Jason Denayer, who would have been cheaper and had a profile the French club appreciated.
City stalled on sanctioning a loan move for Denayer, with Girona FC their preferred destination for the 21-year-old following their promotion to La Liga. Denayer had agreed terms with Lyon, but the final decision was to be City’s.
And now, Lyon have cooled their interest in both players according to today’s edition of L’Equipe. Club bosses could not unanimously agree on Mangala due to differences in opinion about his profile, plus his high cost with City in no mood to sanction a second loan deal.
As for Denayer, L’Equipe journalist Bilel Ghazi says there were questions about his state of mind, which led to Lyon studying other options.
The future for both City defenders is now uncertain, though the possibility of Denayer heading to Girona has probably increased. As for Mangala, AC Milan were tenuously linked quite recently, but his high cost and salary mean City face a challenge selling him on a permanent deal, much like several other well-paid big names such as Joe Hart, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony.