Olympique Lyon Snatch Defender Moussa Niakhaté From Nottingham Forest

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Moussa Niakhaté has completed his medical in Olympique Lyon and he is on the verge of joining the club from Nottingham Forest.

Based on reports from transfer guru, Fabrizio Romano, Niakhaté will pen a four-year deal with Lyon, which runs until June 2028.

Moussa Niakhaté is expected to officially be unveiled as a new player of Olympique Lyon in the next few days.

How Much Will Olympique Lyon Pay To Sign Moussa Niakhaté?

The French side will pay the Tricky Trees about €31 million to secure the services of defender Niakhaté.

Moussa Niakhaté rejected a move to Premier League side Crystal Palace and Ligue 1 side Lille to move to Olympique Lyon.

Lyon and Nottingham Forest are understood to be exchanging the needed documents to finalize the deal.

Niakhaté’s departure was needed by Forest as they had to make sales before June 30, 2024, to avoid being hammered for PSR-related infringements.

Moussa Niakhaté is one of the bright players at Nottingham Forest and he was a key figure in their setup last season.

He made 24 appearances for the side in the 2023/24 season, scoring 1 goal and providing no assist in all competitions.

Moussa Niakhaté Career Stats

Cumulatively, Moussa Niakhaté has made 288 club appearances thus far in his career, scoring 11 goals and providing 9 assists across all competitions.

Internationally, he has made 11 appearances for Senegal, scoring no goal and providing no assist.

Place Of Birth And Clubs He Has Played For?

Niakhaté was born in Roubaix, France, on March 8, 1996, and he has played for several clubs in his career, including; FC Metz, Mainz 05, Valenciennes FC, and Nottingham Forest.

Moussa Niakhaté Market Value And Salary At Nottingham Forest

His market value is €16 million and he earns about €50,000 per week at Nottingham Forest.

Moussa Niakhaté functions primarily as a center back but he can also be utilized at the left back position.

Moussa Niakhaté Net Worth

Niakhaté’s net worth is estimated to be between the region of €12 million – €15 million and it will be interesting to see how he will deliver in France.

Additionally, it will be fascinating to see how Nottingham Forest will replace him, given his impact in recent seasons.

Nottingham Forest

They ended 17th on the log in the 2023/24 season, escaping relegation at the dying embers of the campaign.

The Tricky Trees, tutored by Nuno Espirito Santo, will be hoping for better fortunes in the upcoming campaign.

Before the opening game of the 2024/25 season against Bournemouth on August 17, 2024, Nottingham Forest have a competitive list of preseason fixtures in front of them.

They play Chesterfield, Sunderland, and Millwall on July 13, 19, and 23 respectively, before battling Spanish side Elche on July 27, 2024.

Nottingham Forest will be hoping that players like Willy Boly and Murilo can show solidity in the heart of defense.

Nuno Espírito Santo’s side will be needing solidity all through the campaign, as they look to beat the drop and possibly ascend into continental places next season.

Under a gaffer like Espirito Santo, they can dream of possibly qualifying for a European competition, although they will also need to make necessary reinforcements this summer.

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