EUR70m for Geubbels would be disappointing - Lyon chief Aulas to play hardball


Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has told Monaco he would expect in excess of EUR70million to secure wonderkid Willem Geubbels.

The 16-year-old forward was the subject of remarkable public statement from both clubs this week, with Monaco forced to deny allegations of previous transfer impropriety made by their Ligue 1 counterparts, relating to the signing of Rachid Ghezzal.

The reigning champions also confirmed their interest in Geubbels, whose youth terms at Lyon run until the end of next season.

He has rejected a long-term professional contract with the club, however, and leading clubs across Europe are reportedly on high alert.

Leonardo Jardim's men signed another 16-year-old forward, Pietro Pellegri from Genoa, for EUR25m in January and Aulas feels that deal sets a precedent.

"They have just cashed EUR300million or EUR400million, so they will pay for Geubbels," Aulas told L'Equipe, alluding to the cash Monaco recouped from the sales of Kylian Mbappe - whose loan move to Paris Saint-Germain will become permanent for a EUR180million fee at the end of the season -  Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko over the past year.

"If Willem thinks he can have a better career in Monaco than Lyon... Monaco bought Pietro Pellegri for EUR25million. We will not make gifts

"In any case, we try to have people with ethics. My biggest regret is never to have seen Willem alone, I'll talk to him about it directly. 

"It is the end of his contract in 2019. If Monaco makes an offer of EUR70million we will be disappointed because we believe [in Geubbels] a lot. We are reassured by his valuation."