Lyon close to quitting Reyes race

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admits he is unlikely to secure the signature of Arsenal forward Jose Antonio Reyes.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admits he is unlikely to secure the signature of Arsenal forward Jose Antonio Reyes.

Reyes, who last season moved on loan to Real Madrid from the Gunners, could secure a permanent deal with the La Liga champions, although the capital club’s city rivals Atletico Madrid are also in the running for his signature.

Aulas claims his club is still eager to sign 23-year-old Reyes.

Speaking to his club’s website www.olweb.fr after champions Lyon’s 2-1 win over French Cup winners Sochaux in the season’s curtain-raiser, the Trophee des Champions, Aulas said: “Concerning Reyes we were supposed to meet him on Monday in Seville, but his prime objective is to join a Spanish club.

“We have a big handicap and we are trying to surmount it. Real have said they are signing Reyes. We still have a little chance, but we have other irons in the fire.”

Aulas also revealed that there was still a chance of 33-year-old forward Sylvain Wiltord staying at the club.

Lyon had already agreed terms to sell Wiltord to Rennes.

“As far as Sylvain Wiltord is concerned he has not yet decided,” said Aulas.

“If he leaves, then he is free to do so. If he does not, he will be our first signing,” said Aulas although Lyon have already signed Italy full-back Fabio Grosso from Inter Milan.

“It’s his decision. At Rennes, he would have two more years on his contract with a two-year option and it would be astonishing if he did not take it but if he doesn’t, so much the worse for him.”

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