Pathé and IDG have decided to sell their shares in Olympique Lyonnais and this could materialize quickly. Jean-Michel Aulas has four names on his desk.
French football seems to be attracting investors, since we learned this week that Angers was probably going to be sold for 80 million euros to an American investor, just like AS Saint-Etienne, whose sale price could reach 100 million euros in the event of maintenance in Ligue 1. As for Olympique Lyonnais, we are not there yet, since Jean-Michel Aulas has no intention of ceding power, the 73-year-old leader wanting to continue to manage the club he led to the top of French football. However, the OL boss admitted recently that he was surprised when Pathé and IDG Capital, which together hold just over 39% of OL Groupe, have announced that they are selling their shares. Charged by these two major shareholders with finding buyers, the Raine bank therefore worked on this file and a priori this international investment bank, based in the United States, transmitted the fruit of its work to Jean-Michel Aulas.
Olympique Lyonnais soon with American investors?
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When Olympique Lyonnais thinks about next season, without a European ticket, the president of OL would have offers and names announce the sports daily. ” After looking on his side, in vain a priori, the Lyon president would be faced with four proposals from the Raine bank, which had been mandated by the two sellers. Proposals that would be mostly American, and that he will study closely to assess, of course, how he could remain the main shareholder “, explains L’Equipe, which does not reveal the names of the four candidates for the acquisition of these nearly 40% of OL Groupe. The suspense will last a bit, even if during the end-of-season review Jean-Michel Aulas had indicated that an answer could come even before the end of May. Thanks to the financial contribution of the contract signed by the LFP with CVC, the Lyon bride is very beautiful, it remains to be seen how far the president of Olympique Lyonnais is ready to make room for these investors.