The OL has already completed two recruitments announcing the color on the summer mercato. Will Ellyes Skhiri, a midfielder from FC Cologne, be Juninho’s third recruit? Not sure, because the file looks complicated for the sporting director.
OL’s first offer for Ellyes Skhiri rejected
Damien Da Silva joined OL freely from Stade Rennais. Juninho also signed his compatriot Henrique Silva Milagres, better known as Henrique, who arrived from Vasco de Gama (Brazil). Olympique Lyonnais was on the lookout for Gerson, but was overtaken by OM. Ellyes Skhiri appeals to the leaders of the Gones according to the information of Bild. Lyon even made a first offer to FC Cologne, in order to recruit their defensive midfielder, but it was rejected according to the information of L’Express. The 26-year-old player has agreed with Juninho to join OL in Ligue 1, according to the German media. Will Les Gones make a second offer? Possibly, especially since the mercato has just opened and continues until August 31, 2021.
Former Ligue 1 player and FC Cologne star
Ellyes Skhiri knows Ligue 1 well, as he trained at Montpellier HSC (2010-2014) and made his professional debut in the jersey of the Hérault club. He played 5 seasons in a row in Ligue 1 between 2014 and 2019, and then moved to FC Cologne at the end of July 2019 thanks to a transfer deal concluded at €6M. The native of Lunel (in Hérault) had played 133 all competitions combined with MHSC, including 123 in Ligue 1, for 10 goals and 5 assists. With the Boucs, he took part in 32 games out of 34 in the Bundesliga last season, scoring 5 goals and providing 3 assists. Ellyes Skhiri‘s value is estimated at €10m on the transfer market. Tunisian international since March 2018, the player courted by OL has 34 caps with the Carthage Eagles.