There has been a lot of interest in Seattle Sounders right-back DeAndre Yedlin since he burst onto the scene at this summer's World Cup.
Premier League clubs Liverpool and Sunderland have been linked with a move for the 21-year-old as have Italian giants AS Roma, but now French newspaper L’Equipe has revealed that French side Lyon are now showing an interest in the defender.
The move to Roma had been rumoured to be very close this week. The Italian club are Italian owned and one of the directors is from the city of Seattle. Roma's deal would have included the option that Yedlin remained at the Sounders for the rest of the MLS season and then apparently he would begin his Serie A campaign on loan at Genoa before getting his chance in the eternal city.
Yedlin's €2.5 million price tag has interested Lyon and new coach Hubert Fournier has asked for contact to be made with the player and his people.
Lyon struggled at right-back last season, with Portuguese defender Miguel Lopes and Mouhamadou Dabo not quite excelling as former boss Remi Garde would have hoped.
Ligue 1 is an excellent place for players to develop and Yedlin would instantly gain the playing time he needs to increase his ability. Les Gones have an excellent record at producing and training young players. Florent Malouda, Michael Essien, Eric Abidal and Dejan Lovren all came through the Lyon system.
The performances of the super-quick full-back have attracted a lot of attention this summer, and a move to further his career seems very likely.
Lyon would be an excellent move if Yedlin wants to play Europa League football and gain vital playing time almost instantly, but the move to Roma seems to suit MLS and the Seattle Sounders more in the short-term.
Yedlin would be an exciting addition to Ligue 1 and Lyon. It's a move that would suit Lyon's old model of buying low and selling on for a higher fee. Fournier seems keen to build Lyon's success back up via this tried and tested model.
The signing of Yedlin would signal the beginning of Lyon's newest chapter.