The end of the soap opera is approaching. Christophe Galtier, still under contract with LOSC, is expected in Nice in a few days.
“If it’s to talk about transfer window or coach, call me back next week.” President Jean-Pierre Rivère, too, is playing time when everything seems to indicate that Christophe Galtier will be the new coach of OGC Nice next season.
The name of the Lille technician has been in the pipes on the Riviera for many months and the concrete interest does not date from the end of the season, negotiations having been started upstream. An agreement between Galtier and OGC Nice was even signed, black and white, but it has no legal value with the League and a moral agreement is not enough to formalize the thing. Especially since the native of Marseille is still under contract with the LOSC and this for another year.
Galtier in Nice for 2 or 3 million?
Olivier Létang would like to keep it but knows that it is impossible to keep it. Losing your coach would be heartbreaking but for free, certainly not, especially since next season is not shaping up to be the best. In the coffers, the future of the northern club, to sell for 100 million euros, does not promise bright days.
On the bench, the Lille president is aware that finding better will be a difficult task on the ground, some players, despite the qualification in the Champions League, will be tempted to leave. In a letter sent to OGC Nice, Olivier Létang asked for 18 million euros to secure the services of the champion coach of France, a sword in the water. The sum would be around 2 or even 3 million.
Julien Fournier’s power of seduction
For his part, Christophe Galtier remains silent, wait-and-see, leaving the two camps to kill each other, now intoxicated with the song of the Riviera sirens more seductive than that of other more experienced teams.
Lyon were initially in pole position to welcome them but the fight for the title in which OL was still a part in March meant that the discussions were frozen. Nice then took the opportunity to jump at the opportunity via the privileged relationship between Julien Fournier, the sports director of the Riviera, and the main interested party.
On May 25, the Lyon leaders received Christophe Galtier, the coach left the interview disappointed and returned to his home in the south of France or was waiting for him … Julien Fournier, for a last round of charm. Meanwhile, English eyes were also focused on the Lille technician when Everton made it one of his priorities to replace Carlo Ancelotti but the Lille coach was perhaps expecting better.
To this day, the Gym knows it is in a strong position. The club has the word of the technician and it floats in the training center of the Plaine du Var like an odor of serenity. The schedule has recently been modified, the resumption initially scheduled for June 25 has been moved to 28.
His name mentioned in the negotiations
In this period of transfer window, the name of the future coach is a solid argument in the negotiations because the players are also preparing to welcome their new troop leader whose identity they know. In this sense, the option to buy Jean-Clair Todibo, loaned by FC Barcelona, was raised to the tune of 8.5 million euros without bonus.
This morning, the Voix du Nord announced the arrival of Eduardo Parra, former physical trainer of LOSC, in the Côte d’Azur. Nice supporters have been at their wit’s end for several months, impatiently awaiting Christophe Galtier’s formalization at OGC Nice. Not a day without the club being challenged on social networks with a “Galtier Announcement”. Their wish is about to be granted.