Lyon look at new Essien
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon are believed to have targeted Toulouse's Achille Emana .Lyon are believed to have targeted Toulouse's Achille Emana as the replacement for Michael Essien.
The departure of Essien to Chelsea has left a huge gap in the Lyon midfield, and the search has been on to bring in someone that can become a new star at the club.
First choice Jeremy Toulalan of Nantes looks like a non-starter, with his club firmly rejecting several bids and Cerezo Osaka's Fabinho would not work as a direct replacement.
The search has now turned to Cameroon international Emana, who has already rejected a move to Paris Saint Germain in the past year.
The defensive midfielder has apparently got an agreement in his current deal to be able to talk to big clubs - and could begin discussions on a potential é¼7 million (£4.75m) move.