After admitting defeat in his pursuit of Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia, Lyon director Vincent Ponsot said “the club’s integrity is more essential” than any transfer.
Ligue 1 club Lyon allegedly negotiated a €13 million fee for Malacia, plus €2 million in add-ons, and intended to complete the sale this week.
However, it has subsequently been reported that Manchester United outbid Lyon for the 22-year-old with a £14.7m (€17m) bid, with an official announcement expected soon.
Lyon boss Ponsot stated at the unveiling of Corentin Tolisso on Friday that his club is no longer in the running for Malacia due to the transfer’s spiraling costs.
“If we don’t have the funds to recruit, we can’t bring in players of that caliber, regardless of their love for Lyon,” he remarked.
“So it’s not a matter of having the resources, but let me be clear: the institution is always stronger than individual player.”
“Sometimes, in the world of football, there are demands that cannot be met.”
“That’s true that it can occasionally derail deals, but we need a left-back and will find one.”
“I believe the president [Jean-Michel Aulas] is relieved to be able to sleep easily at night and not have to deal with the police in the morning.” Similarly, I.”
Malacia came up through Feyenoord’s development system and appeared in 136 games for the Dutch club last season, including 50 appearances in all competitions.
The 22-year-old, who has five caps for his country, is set to be confirmed as United manager Erik ten Hag’s first signing in the coming days.
“I can’t possibly tell everything. “It’s still not finished, ask yourself that question,” Ponsot remarked of other areas of interest in Malacia.
“He hasn’t signed yet, but it’s over for us.” Because the integrity of the club is more essential. We’re honored to work for a club like this.”