On the sidelines of the introduction of the new majority shareholder of Olympique Lyonnais, the American John Textor, on Tuesday, Jean-Michel Aulas mentioned the envelope allocated to the next transfer window. With a budget significantly higher than what was envisaged at the start.
A new era of abundance begins at OL. John Textor was officially presented Tuesday afternoon at a press conference organized with great fanfare in the press room of Groupama Stadium, as the new majority shareholder of Olympique Lyonnais.
The American investor was introduced by Jean-Michel Aulas, who will remain at his side and will take on the role of president of OL for another three years. Faced with the sports and financial media – OL Groupe is listed on the stock exchange –, “JMA” took the opportunity to draw up his club’s scoreboard for the coming years, proclaiming his desire to “put football at the heart of our future development, and to rediscover both national and European ambition for all teams, women’s and men’s”.
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“In addition to what we wanted to devote to investment to greatly strengthen the teams”
Aulas also confirmed the amount of the capital increase of the Lyon holding company of 86 million euros (from 798 to 884 million euros), a sum “which will be devoted in part to recruitment”. “This will come in addition to what we wanted to devote to investment to greatly strengthen the teams, if the operation had not been carried out,” added the Lyon president.
For its men’s section, Olympique Lyonnais has already shown its ambitions for the next season by bringing back Alexandre Lacazette (free) and extending Maxence Caqueret’s contract. For its women’s section, Wendie Renard has also been extended, and German international Sara Däbritz has been signed.