Corchia prepared to look beyond Lyon
Sought-after Sochaux defender Sebastien Corchia has admitted he would be "obliged to look abroad" should his move to Lyon fall through, while OL captain Maxime Gonalons has expressed his desire to stay at the club.
Corchia, 22, has already agreed personal terms on a four-year contract with Lyon, but the €5 million transfer fee Sochaux are demanding for their right-back is proving a stumbling block in negotiations. According to L'Equipe on Thursday, the seven-time Ligue 1 champions have now even focused their attentions on Sporting Lisbon's Miguel Lopes for the position.
Though Corchia told lequipe.fr his priority remains sealing a move to OL, the former France Under-21 international captain added he would seek a switch beyond French borders, where Schalke, Roma, Arsenal, Juventus and Bayern Munich have all been following his progress, should his wish not be fulfilled.
"I'm still waiting for the two clubs to reach an agreement. For me, it's already done. I wanted it to go through quite quickly, but unfortunately, it's true that's it's getting dragged out. I don't know if it's going to happen, but I hope so," Corchia, who started pre-season training with Sochaux on Monday, said.
"Lyon are a good club, which plays at the top end of the table, and has a super project. I would be disappointed [if the move to Lyon does not go through] and would be obliged to look abroad."
While Corchia's future remains unclear, that of Lyon's Gonalons is all but mapped out. The France midfielder, 24, has been the subject of interest from Napoli in particular this summer, but - in line with the wishes of his club - has declared to the press at the squad's pre-season training camp in the Alps that he intends to remain at the Stade de Gerland.
"There was some truth in the things that were said and the [transfer] rumours. I tried to take a step back from it all. I'm focussed on OL. I want to have a great season with a view to going to the World Cup. I'm under contract to 2016. I've still got things to learn. I want to have at least one more season with OL."