Lyon Respond To Manchester United Hijacking Tyrell Malacia Transfer. The highly regarded fullback is about to sign with United after Lyon’s failed attempt to acquire him.
Lyon have confirmed that they will no longer seek a deal for Manchester United-linked defender Tyrell Malacia. The 22-year-old’s transfer to the Ligue 1 team was almost complete last week. But a last-second attempt from Manchester United appears to have altered Malacia’s perception of what to do next.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano of Sky Sports claims that Feyenoord and the player have reached a €17 million agreement. United is already working with Malacia to achieve an agreement. They can be certain, though, that they will no longer have to compete with Lyon for the full-back’s signature.
Speaking at the official unveiling of Corentin Tolisso, Lyon’s general director Vincent Ponsot said: “If we don’t have the means to recruit, we can’t bring in players of that level, generally speaking, whatever their love for Lyon might be.
“So it’s not a case of having the means, but I’m going to be very clear: the institution is always stronger than any player.
“Sometimes there are demands – that’s how it is in the world of football – that can’t be made. It’s true that it can sometimes collapse deals, but we want a left-back and we’ll find a good left-back.
“I think the president [Jean-Michel Aulas] is happy to be able to sleep soundly at night and not see the police show up in the morning. Likewise for me.
“I can’t say everything. It should have been signed on Tuesday – it’s still not been completed, ask yourself that question.
“He still hasn’t signed, but for us it’s over. Because the club’s integrity is more important. We’re proud to be working for a club like this.”