KAA Gent saw Fofana and Orban leave for Lyon this winter. Meanwhile, Orel Mangala also heads to the south of France in the rescue mission for the French club. The deal is expected to close on Thursday.
Olympique Lyon is in full battle against relegation and would like to have Orel Mangala there to provide extra creativity and dueling power in midfield. Mangala must then help in the supply to Fofana, Orban and co.
The French club wants to survive in Ligue 1 this year and also start building for the future. As far as Mangala is concerned, a special construction is being set up, because he will be rented from Nottingham Forest, where he is under contract until 2026. The remainder of the amount would then be paid in the summer via an expensive purchase option.
The medical tests should follow on Thursday, after which nothing will stand in the way of a deal with France. We will monitor the case for you all day, just like many other transfers on Thursday.