Lyon are aware of interest in Nabil Fekir but are yet to receive an approach for the highly-rated playmaker, according to club president Jean-Michel Aulas.
Fekir, 24, has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League side Liverpool after turning heads with an 18-goal season in Ligue 1.
Reports suggest the Reds will lodge a bid following the Champions League final against Real Madrid, with the windfall from that match to potentially help in funding the move.
Aulas, however, insists any deal for the club captain will not be completed for some time.
“We simply know that teams are interested. His agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, has told us so,” Aulas told L’Equipe.
“There have been no discussions either with Nabil or with other clubs, so it’s very premature.
“He’s also hesitating about whether he wants to play in the Champions League with Lyon.”
See you in Russia, captain pic.twitter.com/WhIjX2UI9b
— OL English (@OL_English) May 17, 2018
Fekir is in Didier Deschamps’ national team camp as part of France’s preparations for the World Cup.
Speaking to reporters, the 10-cap international reiterated his intention to keep a lid on speculation.
“For now, I am at Clairefontaine. Games are coming and I really don’t have my [club] situation on my mind,” Fekir said.
“I will let things happen but nothing is done. I have to talk with Jean-Michel Aulas and we’ll see what happens next.”
Emre Can could feature for Liverpool in this weekend’s mouthwatering Champions League final showdown with holders Real Madrid.
Manager Jurgen Klopp initially feared a back injury sustained against Watford in March would keep Can out for the remainder of the season.
But the midfielder, who has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus, was back in training on Monday and Klopp revealed he was an “option” for Saturday’s match in Kiev.
Meanwhile, James Milner has also been given the all-clear following a minor muscle problem.
“Millie was clear [he would be fit] and Emre is a surprise,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“He [Can] told me he would come back, try this and that and then we would talk to people. We thought it would be difficult, but he came back and from the first day it was like, ‘Okay, that looks good, how do you feel?’, ‘Very good’ and then the next day ‘very good’ again.
“Now he trains completely normal. He’s a nice option and that’s why he is with us.”
A fitness update from the boss…
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 24, 2018
Liverpool will be out to stop Madrid being crowned champions of Europe for the third season running.
The Reds last won the tournament in 2005, coming from 3-0 down to defeat AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul.
Leonardo Jardim says he is staying at Monaco amid speculation linking the coach to Chelsea, while Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic has also distanced himself from rumours he could switch to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are expected to part company with Antonio Conte despite last weekend’s FA Cup final win over Manchester United, which gave the Italian another major trophy to add to the 2016-17 Premier League crown he earned in his first season in English football.
Jardim and Jokanovic are reportedly among the main contenders to take over at the Blues, while another reported front-runner, Maurizio Sarri, left Napoli on Wednesday, being replaced at the Serie A runners-up by Carlo Ancelotti.
Monaco won the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title under Jardim before seeing their squad decimated by the departures of players including Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva.
Jardim could lose further stars, with Thomas Lemar and Fabinho both linked with a move away, but the Frenchman says he is committed to Monaco for the upcoming campaign.
“I am fortunate to have Dmitry Rybolovlev as president,” Jardim said on Wednesday.
“We have a relationship of trust, we have been working together for four years, and he is a president of great quality: to know how to take the important decisions to make forward the club.
“We will continue together for the future and continue to progress the project of Monaco.”
Merci Dmitry Rybolovlev pour ce séjour à Skorpios! pic.twitter.com/jHOfiRy2NP
— Leonardo Jardim (@leonardojjardim) May 23, 2018
Jokanovic, a former Watford and Maccabi Tel Aviv coach, is preparing for Saturday’s Championship play-off final against Aston Villa.
And the Serbian said he is not allowing links with Chelsea to act as a distraction from the prize up for grabs – promotion to the Premier League.
“I have enough important jobs at this moment for thinking about this kind of situation,” Jokanovic, who played for Chelsea towards the end of his career, told reporters.
“It’s only my commitment and I am thinking only about the final and I don’t have time for thinking about this.”
AC Milan have been referred to UEFA’s Adjudicatory Chamber over alleged breaches of Financial Fair Flay regulations.
The Italian giants have been monitored in relation to potential infringements for several months and had an application for a voluntary agreement to restructure their finances rejected by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body in December.
Milan invested more than €200million in the playing squad following the takeover by Chinese investors Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux last year and their ability to repay a loan by October is central to UEFA’s concerns.
If Milan are eventually penalised over the breaches, exclusion from the Europa League could be an option at the governing body’s disposal.
“The Investigatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) has decided to refer Italian club AC Milan to the Adjudicatory Chamber of the CFCB for breach of the Financial Fair Play regulations, in particular the break-even requirement,” read a UEFA statement.
“After careful examination of all the documentation and explanations provided by the club, the CFCB Investigatory Chamber considers that the circumstances of the case do not allow the conclusion of a settlement agreement.
“In particular, the CFCB Investigatory Chamber is of the opinion that, among other factors, there remains uncertainties in relation to the refinancing of the loan and the notes to be paid back in October 2018.
“The Adjudicatory Chamber will make a decision on this case in due course.
“The CFCB Investigatory Chamber will further communicate in June its other decisions in relation to the monitoring of the clubs under investigation or under settlement agreement.”
Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla will leave Emirates Stadium after coming to the end of his contract, the Premier League club have confirmed.
The 33-year-old Spain international last played for the Gunners in October 2016 and has since undergone a succession of Achilles surgeries.
Cazorla was at risk of having his foot amputated after contracting an infection but finally returned to first-team training at the end of this season.
After joining from Malaga in 2012, he made 180 appearances for Arsenal and scored 29 goals, winning two FA Cups.
In the first of those finals he netted a superb free-kick to spark a 3-2 comeback victory over Hull City.
“I am very sad to be leaving after so many great times, I have loved my time with the club and I will always remember the special moments we had together,” Cazorla said in a video message on Arsenal’s official website.
#GraciasSanti for the 180 appearances, the 29 goals, the 46 assists, the cup final free-kick, the masterclass at Man City, the Panenka, the crazy footwork, the laughs, the corners with either foot, the goals in the north London derby and for always making us smile @19SCazorla pic.twitter.com/uIyi2JMetH
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 21, 2018
“Our FA Cup win in 2014 is something we will never forget. It was a great moment for me and for the club.
“I want to say thank you very much because you always gave me special support and I’m very proud to be part of this club’s history.”
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis added: “Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch. His natural ability with both feet, his speed of thought and movement were central to our best performances in recent years.
“He plays with a joy and freedom which is very rare. We wish him well for the future and thank him for his important contribution to our club.”
Fernando Torres’s double on his final Atletico Madrid appearance was not enough to secure victory for Diego Simeone’s 10-man side as Ruben Pena’s stunner earned Eibar a 2-2 draw.
Captaining a second-string Atleti side – playing four days on from their Europa League triumph against Marseille in Lyon – at a celebratory Wanda Metropolitano, Torres netted either side of the interval in Sunday’s clash.
Having cancelled out Kike Garcia’s opener just before the break, Torres edged Atleti ahead on the hour, rolling back the years with a fantastic run and delicate finish.
Any hopes Torres had of making way to a standing ovation were ended a few moments after he netted his second, though, as Jose Gimenez entered the fray for Atleti’s third change after Lucas Hernandez had seen red.
And Eibar were quick to make their numerical advantage count, Pena hammering in a thunderous long-range strike to haul the visitors level with 20 minutes remaining.
Antoine Griezmann could well be leaving Atleti during the off-season, and he looked set to mark his would-be final appearance with an assist late on when he teed up Torres, but his hat-trick goal was denied by the offside flag as Simeone’s men settled for a share of the spoils in their final LaLiga game of the campaign.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 20, 2018