Lyon keen for Baros talks
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is keen for talks with Liverpool striker Milan Baros.Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is keen for talks with Liverpool striker Milan Baros but concedes they have yet to lodge a bid.
New coach Gerard Houllier is a strong admirer of Baros from his own time at Anfield and is keen to be reunited with the Czech Republic hit-man.
Despite Liverpool's success last season, Baros' future on Merseyside remains uncertain with Rafa Benitez seemingly unconvinced about the player's reliability.
Lyon are keen to pursue a deal and it could be a busy summer at Stade Gerland if several purported deals are finalised as expected.
''We haven't made an offer to Liverpool yet,'' Aulas told L'Equipe.
''We are waiting to see what Milan Baros wants to do. For the moment he is thinking about it.
''I want to go and see him this week. I will go to Prague with Gerard Houllier.
''When we make a decision, then we will act.''
Meanwhile, Aulas continued to reveal that he was actively pursuing deals for Sochaux's Sylvain Monsoreau, Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh and midfield schemer Benoit Pedretti of Marseille.
''We've had talks with Sochaux's Sylvain Monsoreau,'' continued Aulas.
''We are confident even if nothing has been signed yet. We found an agreement with Sochaux.
''It is too early to talk about a Nilmar loan move to Sochaux - even if they asked for it some days ago.
''For the moment, Gerard Houllier wants to keep him as he trusts him.''
Whilst a deal for Monsoreau looks a real possibility, negotiations between Bordeaux and Lyon are at the moment failing to yield a solution for the transfer of Chamakh.
''We are in talks with Nicolas de Tavernost (chairman of M6, Bordeaux's major shareholder) about Marouane Chamakh,'' said Aulas.
''Marouane is Bernard Lacombe's priority. And in that area he is rarely wrong. We have made a high proposition.
''We want him. He is our priority. It is not in the club's interest to keep a player against his will. We would like to hire Baros and Chamakh.''
Despite Lyon's intent, Tavernost has moved to deny that Chamakh would be allowed to leave.
''It is out of the question to make a financial deal by selling Marouane Chamakh to Lyon,'' said Tavernost.
''I am completely backing chairman Jean-Louis Triaud.''
Aulas continued to conclude that he was hopeful of bringing Pedretti to the club - with the player having a é¼6 million clause in his contract.
''I like Pedretti. I think he will be a Lyon player. We took advantage of his desire and of the clause he has,'' concluded Aulas.
''He wants to be a champion and play Champions League.''