Lyon sporting director Juninho says Memphis Depay, Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembele could leave the club this transfer window, though he insists the Ligue 1 side do not intend to sell all three.

Despite reaching last season’s Champions League semi-finals, beating Juventus and Manchester City en route, Les Gones were dealt a blow when they could only finish seventh in the controversially truncated Ligue 1 season last term, meaning that they missed out on European qualification for the first time in 24 years.

That failure to reach Europe is set to shape their ambitions in the transfer market this summer and make outgoings inevitable.

Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Barcelona are all said to be interested in Depay, Manchester City and Juventus have been strongly linked with Aouar, while Manchester United are one of the sides associated with Dembele.

Of the three, Depay appears the most likely to move on as he has entered the final 12 months of his contract and has refused the offer of an extension.

If the Netherlands forward does leave then Juninho insists it will not necessarily trigger the departure of the other two, and even they did move on the club have potential replacements lined up.

“It is not planned to sell Houssem, Memphis and Moussa at the same time,” he told the club’s official website. “If that happened, we would look for players of the same level on the market.

“The departure of the three together is not planned. [But] they attract the market. Continue reading

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