the sale of the club is becoming clearer, a candidate takes pole position

Olympique Lyonnais may be coming to a turning point in its history. The Rhone club should record the arrival of a new majority investor in the coming days.


A board of directors will be held next Tuesday about the arrival of a buyer for Olympique Lyonnais, who hopes to change size and regain high ambitions in the coming seasons after an extremely disappointing 2021-22 financial year. At the end of the board meeting held on Thursday, The Team ensured that no decision had been taken on this subject. All the shareholders have analyzed the buyout offers from the three candidates (Foster Gillett, Iconic sports acquisition and John Textor), as well as the origin of their funds to be certain of making the right choice to propose for the future of the club. . The suitors had until Thursday morning to provide a complete file and the bank guarantees necessary for the acquisition.

Among these three applicants, the Gillett file seems to have a head start for several reasons. Firstly because he is preferred by Jean-Michel Aulas. Then, because the latter would be ready to inject 600 million euros to buy the shares of Pathé and IDG while retaining the current historic president at the head of the future organization chart. Other meetings are scheduled for the next few days and negotiations will follow with the three candidates in order to finalize this file before June 23, the deadline set by JMA.

As announced several weeks ago, Pathé and IDG chose to sell their shares in the club (around 40% between them) a few months ago. Jean-Michel Aulas still keeps in mind another potential buyer according to Progress which ensures that Iconic Sports, also holds the rope. This American investment fund, powered by billionaires, is involved in the shareholding of the NBA franchise of the Milwaukee Bucks. Whatever happens, this case is progressing rapidly and should experience a historic outcome in the coming days…

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