Lyon are on the brink of selling Moussa Dembele to Atletico Madrid after the striker surprised sporting director Juninho by revealing his desire to leave.
Juninho told Telefoot: 'Moussa came to see me. He thinks that this is the moment to change teams, that he has lost a bit of motivation.
'This was not something we foresaw. I like him a lot. Keeping someone who does not really want to keep up the intensity through the next five months - that is not ideal.
'We are in talks with Atletico, I think that Moussa has found an agreement with Atletico.'
Lirola and OM, negotiations confirmed and progressing to reach an agreement with Fiorentina on loan with buy option. 🇫🇷— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 8, 2021
Arkadiusz Milik deal is getting complicated for OM as for Atlético Madrid after Napoli price [€15m]. Atléti are now in advanced talks for Moussa Dembele (OL). https://t.co/419rkjXL83
Atletico's schedule is likely to be frantic in the second half of the season after their latest match was called off.
The postponement of their clash with Athletic Club on Saturday means Simeone's side have at least three games in hand on their rivals.
Atleti are a point clear of reigning champions Real Madrid and face a round of 16 Champions League tie against Chelsea in February.