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Lyon coach Bruno Genesio has said he would be happy to add Juventus veteran Patrice Evra to a squad already bolstered by Memphis Depay this January.
Premier League side Crystal Palace are reportedly among the suitors for Evra, whom Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed on Saturday was “in the throes of leaving” after struggling for playing time this season.
Though he started all six of Juve’s Champions League group-stage matches, the 35-year-old France international full-back has made just three Serie A starts for the Bianconeri this term.
French media are reporting the former Monaco and Manchester United man could make the switch to OL in the current transfer window.
Genesio told reporters after his side’s 3-1 win over Marseille on Sunday: “I still haven’t talked about this matter with my president — I’m just hearing about it like you.
“Patrice Evra is a great player, he’s won a lot of trophies, has a lot of experience. He’s a player that could interest us, of course.”
Should Evra join the seven-time Ligue 1 champions, he would be Lyon’s second high-profile signing this month following Depay’s arrival on Friday.
The Netherlands international, who has cost OL an initial €16 million, potentially rising to €25m, made his Lyon debut in Sunday’s top-flight game, replacing Mathieu Valbuena 11 minutes from time.
— Memphis (@Memphis) January 22, 2017
“Proud to have made my debut with Lyon,” Depay tweeted in English and French after the game. “To enter the pitch in the club’s shirt felt so good, thanks for the warm welcome.”
Genesio had nothing but praise for Depay, 22, after the win, which moved Lyon six points clear in fourth.
“I thought he was very good,” he said. “He confirmed that we have made the right choice, that he’s a player who completely fits into the philosophy that we want to put in place.”
Asked what the former PSV Eindhoven star will contribute, he said: “Explosiveness, speed, technical quality, his ability to beat his man, to provide assists … a lot of things. It means we have six top-quality forwards.”