Bradley Barcola, the promising young striker of Olympique Lyon, has communicated to the club that he wants to leave the team this summer, according to L'Equipe.
Barcola seemingly made his decision after changing agents, signing with world-renowned Jorge Mendes a few weeks ago. This decision didn't feel right at Lyon.
L'Equipe quotes a source close to OL saying that "Opting for Jorge Mendes as an agent when aspiring to remain in the club is a gesture of disregard towards Lyon." Lyon's poor start to the season, losing their first two games, has also boosted Barcola's hopes to leave the team.
Sources reveal that Barcola has communicated his decision to join a more ambitious project this summer, though he's "maintained exemplary conduct," while not submitting an official trade request yet.
The allure of PSG's interest in Barcola persists, yet progress in negotiations has encountered a significant roadblock. PSG's reluctance stems from their perception that Lyon's John Textor is arbitrarily changing the player's valuation on a daily basis, which is driving PSG mad.
Consequently, discussions are on a temporary hiatus, with PSG awaiting a final valuation of the player made by OL in the next few days. PSG's focus now rests on finalizing a deal for Randal Kolo Muani, which will dictate the financial status of the club going forward and make possible or not the pursuit and signing of Barcola before the window wraps up.
Barcola has generated interest from clubs across Europe, prompting inquiries from sides such as Barcelona, Man City, and Chelsea.
Paris Saint-Germain remain confident about securing a deal with Lyon for Barcola in the short-term future, but worries are growing larger each passing day because of Lyon's fuzzy valuation of the player and the interest of other teams in the youngster.