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‘It’s over’ Lyon react to hijacked Malacia move amid Man Utd links

Tyrell Malacia at Feyenoord
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The highly-rated full-back is on the verge of joining United after Lyon’s failed attempt to sign him.

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Lyon have admitted they will no longer pursue a deal for Manchester United-linked defender Tyrell Malacia.

The Ligue 1 side were close to finalizing a deal for the 22-year-old last week. But, a final-minute attempt from Man United seems to have changed Malacia’s decision over his next move.

According to Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, Feyenoord have agreed to a €17m deal for the player. 

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United are already working to reach an agreement with Malacia. But, they can be sure they don’t have to compete with Lyon for the full-back’s signature anymore.

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Speaking at the official unveiling of Corentin Tolisso, Lyon’s general director Vincent Ponsot said: “If we don’t have the means to recruit, we can’t bring in players of that level, generally speaking, whatever their love for Lyon might be.

“So it’s not a case of having the means, but I’m going to be very clear: the institution is always stronger than any player.

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“Sometimes there are demands – that’s how it is in the world of football – that can’t be made. It’s true that it can sometimes collapse deals, but we want a left-back and we’ll find a good left-back.

“I think the president [Jean-Michel Aulas] is happy to be able to sleep soundly at night and not see the police show up in the morning. Likewise for me.

“I can’t say everything. It should have been signed on Tuesday – it’s still not been completed, ask yourself that question.

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“He still hasn’t signed, but for us it’s over. Because the club’s integrity is more important. We’re proud to be working for a club like this.”