Soccer-Gomis blamed as Lyon sell Martial to Monaco (Reuters)

PARIS, June 30 (Reuters) – Olympique Lyon blamed France striker Bafetimbi Gomis’s refusal to accept a transfer offer for forcing them to sell exciting youngster Anthony Martial to Monaco for five million euros ($6.5 million) on Sunday. Lyon, the only Ligue 1 club listed on the Paris stock exchange, had to sell at least one player by Sunday to be able to report balanced yearly results. “Having not been able to complete the move of any player approached for a transfer by June 30, notably Bafetimbi Gomis, the club considered Monaco’s offer for Anthony Martial,” Lyon said in a statement. …

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