Lyon gives John Textor final deadline of Wednesday to buy club

FILE PHOTO: Olympique Lyonnais' Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates, Stade du Moustoir, Lorient, France - September 7, 2022. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/

(Reuters) - Olympique Lyonnais (OL) has given American investor John Textor's Eagle Football Holdings LLC until Wednesday to reach a final and unconditional agreement to buy the French Ligue 1 football club, OL said on Monday.

Billionaire Textor has bought stakes in soccer clubs around the world, with his interests including Brazilian club Botafogo, Premier League Crystal Palace and Belgian second division Molenbeek.

His plan is to beat the system dominated by the big European clubs, by developing young talent from North and South America.

"In view of the progress made in the last 48 hours, (the historical shareholders) and OL Groupe have agreed to grant Eagle a final deadline as at December 7, 2022 to reach a final, unconditional and financed agreement with all parties, on the basis of which the closing process can be initiated," OL said in a press release.

Should this be not successful, the club will consider alternative sources to raise capital "to ensure that it will have solutions available rapidly in the event that the transactions with Eagle Football are not completed."

The purchase of the club, announced in July, has already been delayed twice, in September and October.

(Reporting by Tristan Chabba; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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