Lyon are looking to land Celtic’s Dedryck Boyata to replace £15m departee Mouctar Diakhaby but face competition from Lazio and Fulham, according to The Sun.
The report claims that the Ligue 1 outfit are armed with a £15m transfer kitty after the sale of the French defender to Valencia, and have turned to Belgian international to replace him.
It also says that there are a host of clubs across Europe tracking the former Manchester City man, with the Serie A giants and newly-promoted Londoners chief among them.
It also claims that Brendan Rodgers wants to keep the defender, but that Lyon are ready to test that resolve now that they are armed with the cash to do so.
Now that Celtic know Lyon have banked £15m and are on the hunt for a replacement, they can use that to drive up the price of a man who boosted his reputation out in Russia this summer.
Boyata has also become even more central for the Bhoys because they are currently in the midst of a central defensive crisis, with injuries and suspensions leaving Rodgers with just two recognised senior options at the heart of the back four.
However, with Lyon’s windfall, Fulham’s new Premier League money and Lazio’s budget boosted by the sale of Felipe Anderson, the Bhoys should be able to create a lucrative auction despite Boyata having just one year left on his contract.
At around £15m, it would be worth selling Boyata as that would allow Rodgers to get in a replacement of sufficient quality and such a big influx of money may prove sufficient to launch an ambitious and cheeky bid for unsettled Chelsea man Gary Cahill.