Lille president Olivier Létang confirms club turned down offer to sign Layvin Kurzawa

In an interview with Le Parisien ahead of Lille’s clash against Paris Saint-Germain tonight, president Olivier Létang notably discussed the club’s winter transfer dealings.

The former Rennes president explained that Les Dogues were in no need to sell this January, despite a big potential offer from Newcastle for Sven Botman, while the chance to sign PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa was also turned down.

“We had no obligation to sell. We had two hearings with the DNCG [French football’s financial regulator] in July and October which took place in a very straightforward manner. In fact, we’ve been attacked for other players but we kept them. As was published, for instance Newcastle were ready to offer €50m for Sven Botman.”

“[On Kurzawa] We have two left-backs that we have faith in. We were indeed offered Layvin Kurzawa, but we don’t want to go and get another wide player.”

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