Wednesday March 23 2011
Lyon encourage Juve bid for Bastos

Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has encouraged Juventus to make another bid for Michel Bastos this summer.

Aulas has already hinted that Lyon need to sell once the transfer window opens again after a shortfall in TV revenue in French football.

Bastos is one of the players earmarked for the departure lounge. The 25-year-old Brazil international wing-back has been frequently linked with Juventus in recent years.

Quoted at the UEFA Congress, Aulas said: "Last year Juventus made us a concrete offer and were effectively close to signing Bastos, but we blocked everything, preventing the deal from going forward because, after a period of reflection, evaluating the pros and cons, we decided not to sell our player.

"Now it's a different story. Things are different. If Juve were to make an interesting offer again, if the player wanted to do it, if his agent were to agree and if the price were right, then we could also evaluate the hypothesis of letting him go."

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