The Ligue 1 season has not yet started but the summer transfer window has already started well! Started very early, the arrivals of size followed one another on the side of Olympique Lyonnais. In the context of the “Lyonnais DNA” project, the Rhone staff managed to bring back two players who have marked the last years in Lyon: Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso. By only losing minor players in their squad, with the exception of Léo Dubois who nevertheless seemed to be losing momentum, Lyon are starting their 2022/23 season with a very interesting squad. Focus on arrivals, departures and the latest rumors from the Lyon transfer window.
Arrivals from the Olympique Lyonnais transfer window
- Johann Lepenant (Military – Caen), 4.25M€
Described as the hub of the Caen midfield last season, selected for the France U20 team during the Toulon tournament this summer, the signing of Johann Lepenant in Lyon is a transfer for the future on the Lyon side.
In a defensive midfield role where Maxence Caqueret, Thiago Mendes and now Corentin Tolisson can evolve, Johann Lepenant will have to be very solid to win his place and thus start his first season in Ligue 1.
- Nicolas Tagliafico (Left-back – Ajax Amsterdam), €4.2m
Wishing to make the Lyon team an offensive team, aggressive in pressing, very close to his Dutch formation, Peter Bosz had made the Argentinian Tagliafico of Ajax one of his priorities.
Coming very close to registering the arrival of Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord, Nicolas Tagliafico will bring his experience and his ability to project offensively by offering an alternative to Henrique on his side, orphaned by Emerson’s return to Chelsea.
- Alexandre Lacazette (Forward – Arsenal)
Figurehead of the Lyon formation, left at the same time as Corentin Tolisso, at Arsenal for the 31-year-old striker, the English experience was also not extended for Alexandre Lacazette.
Rather decisive, however, in a Gunners team in difficulty over the last five seasons and more generally the departure of Arsène Wenger, Alexandre Lacazette leaves London with 54 goals scored in the Premier League, a symbol of his ability to be useful in Ligue 1 with smugglers like Lucas Paqueta or Houssem Aouar in his support.
- Corentin Tolisso (midfielder – Bayern Munich)
Five years after his departure from Olympique Lyonnais, Corentin Tolisso is back in the Rhône. After an experience that will have known ups and downs in Germany, Bayern Munich did not wish to extend the French midfielder who has never shown consistency during major meetings.
Very useful to the Bavarians in the league, it will be even more so in a Lyon team which lacks experienced players to supervise defensive midfielders in the process of learning (Caqueret and Lepenant in particular).
- Remy Riou (Goalkeeper – Caen)
Transferred from Caen to take on the role of understudy for Anthony Lopes, Rémy Riou is coming off a good season with Stade Malherbe. With some very good games last season such as the victory against Quevilly-Rouen at the end of the season for Caen, it is with experience that the Lyonnais cover themselves for the position of goalkeeper and will allow young Kayne Bonnevie to ‘learn since Julian Pollersbeck is announced on the departure.
- Kayne Bonnevie (Guardian – Reserve)
- Mohamed El Arouch (Middle – Reserve)
- Youssouf Koné (Left side defender – Troyes, return from loan)
- Cenk Özkacar (Central defender – Leuven OH, return from loan)
- Florent Sanchez (Middle – Villefranche FC, return from loan)
Departures from the transfer window of Olympique Lyonnais
- Leo Dubois (Galatasaray), €2.5m
- Pope Sheikh (Aris Salonika)
- Malcolm Barcola (Tuzla City)
- Lenny Pintor (Saint-Etienne)
- Habib Keïta (Kortrijk, loan)
- Yahya Soumaré (Bourg-en-Bresse, loan)
- Jason Denayer (end of contract)
- Tanguy Ndombélé (Tottenham, return from loan)
- Emerson (Chelsea, back from loan)
The latest rumors of the Olympique Lyonnais transfer window
- Paqueta and Aouar, wait to sell better?
Both announced on departure since the start of the transfer window, Lucas Paqueta, who would be of great interest to Newcastle and Houssem Aouar, courted by Bétis Seville, Leicester City and more recently Nottingham Forest, are still part of the Lyon group.
If Jean-Michel Aulas feels no stress at the idea of keeping his recruits, he may be making the right choice to see the offers from clubs of interest inflate even more.
To read also: the Olympique Lyonnais season guide