Boumsong baffled by Lyon setback
Jean-Alain Boumsong has revealed his frustration over his agreed move to Lyon from Juventus.
By Patrick Haond and Laura Slatcher
Last Updated: 26/01/08 12:57pm
Jean-Alain Boumsong has revealed his frustration at the uncertainty surrounding his departure from Juventus.
Lyon had reached an agreement to sign the 28-year-old for €3million (£2.2million) but Juve had refused to complete the transfer before of an injury crisis in defence.
Juventus are short of defenders and wanted Boumsong to remain at the club for their Cup return leg against Inter Milan on Wednesday.
Boumsong is keen to finalise talks and is already in Lyon to complete the move but believes he has been treated unfairly.
"I came to Lyon on Thursday morning and I believed everything would be settled naturally," he told Eurosport TV.
"But we didn't receive the Juventus documents. Juventus asked me to stay at Lyon so far, but before letting me sign they have to find a replacement.
"It doesn't make any sense. I respect Juventus but I already feel a Lyon player."
Lazio defender Guglielmo Stendardo could be on his way to Juventus in a loan move which could pave the way for Boumsong's departure.
Lyon communication director Olivier Blanc has put pressure on the Juventus officials saying they are looking at other defenders if the Boumsong saga is not resolved.
"If on Monday or Tuesday we can find an agreement with another centre defender and another club, we will choose that new player," he told L'Equipe.
"We are following Ezequiel Garay for some time now and our spy only has good words about him."
The Racing Santander player is a candidate but Tottenham are also monitoring the situation of the 21-year-old Argentinean.