There is news breaking out of France that Lille’s owners have grown frustrated with president Olivier Letang. One of the areas of contention is the lack of progress over player sales.
Lille president Olivier Létang's job is in peril with LOSC owners, Merlyn Partners, reflecting on his future having become frustrated by his decision-making and lack of player sales. (Le10Sport)https://t.co/rLFZp0zYWD
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Le10Sport is reporting that the relationship between Letang and the owners, Merlyn Partners, has deteriorated in recent months. Lille, who won Ligue 1 two seasons ago, only managed a 10th place finish this past season.
Title-winning manager Christophe Galtier left last summer for Nice. He is now being courted to replace Mauricio Pochettino at PSG. Galtier’s replacement at Lille, Jocelyn Gourvennec, had his contract terminated by mutual consent on Thursday.
Lille are now in talks to hire Paulo Fonseca, who was in the early running for the Newcastle job after the takeover. Letang has been excluded from talks with the former Roma manager.
Lille’s finances took a hit after failing to qualify for Europe. The owners believe that player sales are vital for the health of the club. Letang has proven to be a stubborn negotiator pricing Sven Botman and Renato Sanches out of moves.
The report mentions that Letang could salvage his position if he sells Botman and Sanches to PSG rather than AC Milan. PSG have recently been linked with the duo but Newcastle have an excellent offer on the table for Botman.
PSG have the Dutchman on the back burner at the moment as they have set their sights on Inter’s Milan Skriniar. This could all work to Newcastle’s benefit as AC Milan have their own inner turmoil and PSG have other priority targets.