Tolisso very close to a return to OL

A world champion back in Ligue 1? According to information from RMC Sport, Corentin Tolisso (27) will join Lyon, his training club, next Thursday if the medical examination goes well.

Lyon should hit another big one in the transfer market. According to information from RMC Sport, Corentin Tolisso (27) will wear the Lyon jersey again next season, if the medical visit to be organized this Thursday goes smoothly. This confirms OL’s desire to strengthen the “DNA” of the club, the action launched with the extensions in May of Maxence Caqueret and then in June of Anthony Lopes and the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, also free of contract after a term of five years at Arsenal.

Calling from the foot of Lopes and Lacazette

Unsaved by Bayern Munich, who announced it on May 30 after his initial five-year contract was initialed on his arrival, he has since been free to sign wherever he wanted. For a few weeks he had been observing what was happening at OL and heard the calls from his “friends”, Anthony Lopes (who extended until 2025, on June 7th) and Alexandre Lacazette (who signed his contract on June 9th, also until 2025) . Corentin Tolisso took the time to think and, unless the situation turns on this day when he will multiply the tests as is traditional, he will join Alexandre Lacazette in the Lyon DNA return operation.

In Bavaria, the 2018 world champion has decorated his resume with a Champions League (2020), five German championship titles in the Bundesliga, two German cups and a World Cup for clubs.

Back in Lyon, where he came out first in the training center (from 2007) and then as a professional (from Nice on August 10, 2013), “Coco” will be able to thicken his “OL” business card, having stopped there for 5 years with 160 matches (12 LDC), 29 goals and 7 assists. First labeled “Swiss Army Knife” for his tendency to evolve in all positions from midfield to defense with Rémi Garde, the Lyon coach who gave him his chance, Hubert Fournier stabilized him in midfield even when he was “freelance” continues to make as a right back or…left!

Like Alexandre Lacazette, who will once again wear the jersey of “his” city and “his” club, the one who made his debut at Stade Amplepuisien will do the same. The two directors of the adventure in the Europa League in 2017 (1/2 final against Ajax in Amsterdam) were a few days apart for a large check in a major European institution: Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal, the 5 July 2017 (53 million euros) and Corentin Tolisso flew to the German giant in June 2017 against a check for 41.5 million euros. In Bavaria, he played 118 games (25 of which were in the Champions League), scored 25 goals and provided 15 assists.

A big injury in Munich

In Munich, Corentin Tolisso also suffered injuries, including a cruciate ligament rupture of the knee in September 2018, a few weeks after winning his world champion title in Russia with the French team. After this blank year, he will resume at the start of the next year and will play an average of between 25 and 30 matches per year in all competitions in an institution where he has also strengthened his knowledge of the fundamental values ​​of a top-level club . It is also this quality of exceptional spirit that will bring “Coco” back to OL alongside his new teammates, some of whom he has known for a long time. He will also join the young emerging guard in the group’s overall project built for this 2022-23 season.

Edward Jay with Loic Tanzi