Lyon keen on double deal
By Patrick Haond & Laurent Picard. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Lyon have confirmed their intent to bring Paris Saint Germain's Sylvain Armand and Internazionale's Fabio Grosso to the Stade de Gerland.
Following Eric Abidal's move to Barcelona, Lyon are in the market for defensive reinforcements for next season.
PSG are, however, loath to lose any of their top players to their Ligue 1 rivals and, as such, Lyon sporting advisor Bernard Lacombe concedes it will be difficult to lure Armand from the capital.
"We're looking at tough negotiations with PSG, who don't want to let him (Armand) go because they want to prolong his contract," said Lyon sporting advisor Bernard Lacombe.
A move for Grosso would appear to be somewhat more straightforward, given the player is attracted by France, according to his agent Danilo Caravello.
"This week could be decisive. Either the deal will be done or Fabio will stay at Inter," said Caravello to the Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Fabio is a world champion and we're weighing up the technical aspect as well as the economic aspect.
"France is an attractive prospect but you have to also take into account Fabio's ambitions at Inter, a club where the player, despite a slightly difficult season, feels good."
Meanwhile, PSG boss Paul Le Guen has spoken of his disappointment that Carlos Bueno and Fabrice Pancrate have failed to report for pre-season training, following loan spells with Sporting Lisbon and Real Betis respectively.
"I am astonished," confessed Le Guen in Le Parisian. "They are under contract with the club and Bueno called us to ask when was the first training."
Following what was a disastrous last season, it was expected that PSG would invest heavily in squad re-building but, as yet, the influx has been conspicuous only by its absence.
Le Guen, though, has urged the club's supporters to be patient. "It is true we have been discreet, but not inactive.
"Don't forget that with the players we have, and those coming back from loans, we have 30 professional contracts.
"So I can't sign too many players. We know the situation, it's just those that are impatient know less than us."