Anticipation and excitement turned to confusion and disappointment as Saïd Benrahma's proposed transfer to Olympique Lyonnais fell through. The failure was attributed to an administrative hiccup with his current club, West Ham.
Benrahma was all set to join the French club for a figure around the €5 million mark, along with a €15 million purchase option. This plot twist has caused distress not only to the player but also his family. Olympique Lyonnais, on the other hand, expresses bewilderment at the unforeseen turn of events.
Admin Error the Culprit
According to sources, the French National Directorate of Management Control (DNCG) had initially approved Benrahma's transfer. However, due to incorrect information in the international transfer software, the deal was declined. The club is now mulling over an appeal to FIFA to resolve the matter.
Not an Isolated Incident
As surprising as this incident may seem, it is not the first time an English club has struggled with transfers to France. In the past, similar situations have occurred, raising the question of whether English clubs find it difficult to navigate the transfer system to France.
Statement Awaited from Olympique Lyonnais
While the dust settles on this botched transfer, football fans and critics alike await a statement from Olympique Lyonnais. The club has announced its intention to issue a statement in the coming hours.