Juventus full-back Mattia De Sciglio is in advanced talks with Ligue 1 side Lyon regarding a potential loan move, according to Gianluca di Marzio.
Di Marzio believes that the player is close to moving to France, with all parties working on refining the details on any potential move.
This comes after Di Marzio reported that Celtic had made an audacious move to take the top-class right-back to Glasgow last week. With Lyon having made the Champions League semi-finals last year, however, they’ll be in a better position to take on his wages.
The Sky Italy journalist also reported last week that the player had turned down a move to Parkhead as he wasn’t convinced that Scotland would be the right destination for him.
De Sciglio only made 13 appearances for the Old Lady last season, but has been capped on 39 occasions by Italy (Transfermarkt).
A stunning deal but never too realistic
De Sciglio has always been used to the glamour life when it comes to his footballing career. Coming through the ranks at AC Milan before switching to the Serie A champions, it was always going to be tough to convince him a move to Scotland would’ve been beneficial to his career.
Whether we like it or not, he probably viewed this is a big step down. Not because of the size of the club, but because of the level of opposition he would be coming up against on a weekly basis. Switching Lazio, Napoli, and Inter Milan for Aberdeen, Hibernian, and Kilmarnock maybe isn’t as attrctive for foreign players.
Seeing Lyon reportedly coming close to wrapping up a deal for him shows exactly the level he’s operating at. He was always going to be able to walk into another big club in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
Of course, De Sciglio doesn’t exactly play in a position where we’re desperate for reinforcements. Operating at right-back, we already have two options in that position. It could be the case however that the Hoops viewed him as more of a right-sided centre-back. Regardless, it isn’t happening.
De Sciglio’s arrival certainly would’ve come with plenty of hype. But considering the level he’s played at ever since breaking through at AC Milan back in 2011, his arrival was always doubtful.