Lyon have confirmed that Valencia have made an offer for defender Aly Cissokho, reports AS.
Jean-Michel Aulas, the French club’s President, revealed that talks for the 24-year-old left-back are already at an advanced stage and he has spoken several times to his Los Che counterpart Manuel Llorente.
However, there has also been in interest in the former Porto man from the Premier League.
“We have had two offers for Aly, one from Spain and the other from England. We are negotiating patiently with both clubs but are not obliged to sell the player,” he told a Press conference.
“We will continue to talk and look at all the available opportunities.
“If Aly decides to stay then we will have a super team, but if he chooses to go then we will replace him immediately.”
At the moment Lyon have not put a price on Cissokho but it has been suggested he will fetch as much as €9m, which would be split into two payments with €4m up front and the rest to be paid at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.
Valencia are understood to have originally wanted a left-hand sided player at low cost and were believed to be tracking Celta Vigo’s Roberto Lago and Rayo Vallecano’s Jose Manuel Casado.
However, Jeremy Mathieu has been having physical problems since April and the club’s coaching staff have convinced Llorente that top-class cover will need to be brought in, with Malaga’s Spanish international Nacho Monreal also on the radar.
Boss Mauricio Pellegrino is also desperate to complete his squad before La Liga starts this weekend.