By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
27-year-old Cameroon international Karl Toko-Ekambi joint French Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyonnais on loan with the option to buy him from Spanish LaLiga side Villarreal, last January.
According to reports from Spanish media, the French club are unlikely to make the player’s move to France permanent.
Spanish newspaper,Superdeporte, say Lyon are not willing to keep the player beyond the current season.
Toko-Ekambi’s loan move had obligatory clause mandating Lyon activate the buyout option, at a price of €11.5 million if the club qualified for the UEFA Champions League.
Going by the current French Ligue 1 standings, Lyon occupy the 7th position and are unlikely to get into the champions league places.
The world and football is currently battling with the dreaded CoronaVirus Pandemic which has led to the suspension of the football in France like elsewhere. The current crisis might affect Lyon’s financial situation. This makes financing a permanent deal for the former Angers forward even more challenging for the Gones.
Another version of the same media report suggest Toko has not completely convinced the technical team of the French club. He has scored two goals in 12 games for the club across all competitions.
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