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Lille President Feeling The Heat For Lack Of Player Sales

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.

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.

131 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 20, 2022 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #121

    Interesting re Paqueta, Gwh. He seemed nailed on due to Bruno etc but there has been no noise. Its all Botman and Ekitike. There again, Bruno happened very fast, so who knows?

  • JohnJ

    Jun 20, 2022 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #122

    Bruno came like a bolt from the blue and at times plays like one!

    I’m thinking of the move where Targett played it down the left wing and the ball was centred for Bruno to score!

    What a goal was that like eh? A cracker in my opinion!!!

  • Tyran21

    Jun 20, 2022 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #123


    That goal shows alot determination and reading of the game of the players involved.


    Jun 20, 2022 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #125

    Well said

    Dupont too.
    Terrible what big corps will involve themselves in, for a profit.
    Daily fail, monarchy, lords and ladies etc.


    Jun 20, 2022 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #126

    Eddie will only have players that fit the standards he sets.
    Paq may not have the personal discipline he’s looking for?

  • JohnJ

    Jun 20, 2022 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #127

    A weasel goes into a bar and The Landlord say “What can I get for you?”

    “Pop” goes the Weasel.

    Yes I know – I’ll get me coat on the way out!



    Jun 20, 2022 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #128


    Yes mate.

    Let them get away from it all for a break.


    Jun 20, 2022 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #129


    A whole bunch of art stolen or destroyed too. Millions of pounds worth, stashed in swiss vaults and nazi sympathisers collections.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jun 20, 2022 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #130

    It’s all very well talking about signings, we’re still about four players top heavy. Hendrick, Clark, Woodman, Lewis and M Longstaff need to find clubs just to balance the squad. Then we have to get rid of a few more to make room for incomings. It’s going to be a mammoth task.

  • lesh

    Jun 20, 2022 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #131

    Many of us are puzzled and worried about the will they/ won’t they sign yet we have one in our midst who knows that things will work out for the best. Why? Because he listens, hears, adds a pinch of salt where necessary and shares what he can.
    But beneath it all, he knows but can’t share everything – especially when some of it comes from the very top.

    We mere mortals need to encouragement to see us through worrying times and thankfully, we have a modern day Winston Churchill among us.


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