Jean-Michel Aulas: “Having Rayan Cherki with us is more important than anything.”

Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas has responded to L’Équipe’s report linking the club’s academy product, Rayan Cherki (19), with a move to Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain. 

The French publication reported earlier on Wednesday morning that PSG are in talks with Lyon over the transfer of Cherki, who is viewed as the replacement for Pablo Sarabia (30), who left to join Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in the window.

Cherki has become PSG’s priority since Sarabia’s departure last week. PSG have moved quickly and discretely. Les Parisiens have been in discussion with Les Gones for the past few days, and a first offer was even made for the player over the weekend. Since that offer, discussions have been ongoing, and Lyon have not closed the door to a transfer.

Cherki has just 18 months remaining on his deal with Lyon, but the club face a dilemma regarding whether to sell their academy product, both in terms of what it means for their attacking option for the rest of the season, as well as what is signifies. 

Speaking on Twitter, Aulas has now responded to the report, reaffirming Cherki’s importance to the club. “Rayan is a child of the club, who is a part of our project. Seeing him courted is normal and also makes us proud of our academy, but having him with us is more important than anything,” he said. 

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