L’Olympique Lyonnais held a press conference at 9.45am. If the return of Alexandre Lacazette will be made official, will the future organization of the OL also be mentioned? According to information about RMC Sport and L’Equipe, the eighth in Ligue 1 in 2021-2022 could soon pass under the American flag. In fact, three US bids will be for the purchase of 40% of the shares of Olympique Lyonnais, including Foster Gillett, which “would be about to take control“of the Rhone club according to The Team.
In early April, Bloomberg was flooded with less than six bids, with U.S. and European investor seats arriving at Gones’ management office.
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Foster Gillett, the son of George Gillett (former owner of Liverpool from 2007 to 2010) is one of the three files still in contention with that of John Textor, owner of the Botafogo club (Brazil) and co-shareholder of Crystal Palace, and the Italian-American pension fund Iconic Sports, close to the middle of basketball and present in the capital of the NBA champion in title, les Milwaukee Bucks, which would be especially clothing by the presence of Tony Parker.
Three more years for Aulas?
Gillett has a definite advantage: a global bid of almost 600 million euros for the resumption of the shares of Pathé and IDG, which arrived in 1999 and 2016 in 1999 and 2016 in OL and which represent 19.36% and 19.85% of the capital of OL Groupe. Both groups announced their intention to sell their shares last winter. The American investor could resume part of Jean-Michel Aulas’ shares and injected almost 100 million euros in the club’s capital. As it turns out to be ambitious, this has been in the transfer market and has rebuilt a private Coupe d’Europe effect next season.
Foster Gillett has already approached the Derby County club this season for a buyout, who took over as Liverpool manager during his father’s estate. This era will not remain as the most glorious of the Reds, losing sportsmanship and the policy of missed transfers, despite the blow Fernando Torres made in 2007.
Once this case is closed, Jean-Michel Aulas (who holds 27.72% of the shares via Holnest holding company) should be president of the club, according to RMC Sport. The Team is advancing a final three-year lease for the transition.
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