Tuesday, 4th September, 2012
Lyon are feeling increasingly confident about signing Florent Malouda from Chelsea, according to French source Maxifoot.
Talk of the 32-year-old returning to his former club has been rife of late and now the chances of Malouda landing back at the Stade Gerland appear to have increased.
Malouda has been left out of Chelsea’s squad to defend their Champions League title this season, in another blow to the Frenchman and one which pushes him closer to the Stamford Bridge exit door.
The winger is under contract with the Blues until next summer, but Chelsea could agree to terminate that by mutual consent, making the Frenchman a free agent and allowing him to join a club outside the transfer window.
There is also the possibility that Malouda may move before the French transfer window slams shut, today.
Malouda has slipped down the pecking order at Chelsea over the last 12 months and, following a spate of new arrivals this summer, has even less chance of featuring under Roberto Di Matteo.
He has also interested Brazilian clubs of late, while he would also surely have a raft of offers if he decided to quit Stamford Bridge.
Malouda left Lyon to sign for Chelsea in 2007.
The winger has enjoyed success during his stay in London, picking up one Premier League, three FA Cups and one Champions League.