Atletico Madrid forward Thomas Lemar is a January transfer target for Lyon, according to a report in France.

The 24-year-old was one European football's hottest properties when Atletico secured his much sought after signature in the summer of 2018.

But Lemar has struggled since his move to Spain, and is yet to muster a goal or assist for Los Rojiblancos this season.

Thomas Lemar

Now, according to ​L'Equipe, Ligue 1 giants Lyon are prepared to offer Lemar a way out of his La Liga nightmare by bringing him back to France. 

The report states that ​Atletico manager Diego Simeone is willing to cut his losses on a player that cost an estimated €72m, in order to reinvest money elsewhere in his squad.

Liverpool and Arsenal were thought to be keen on Lemar before he arrived in the Spanish capital, but it's unlikely that he'll have the same kind of following now that his spell at Atletico has turned sour.

In 18 months, he has scored just three goals for the club, and his recent underwhelming performances have seen him dropped from the team in recent weeks. He was booed off by Atletico's fans in the recent 2-0 win over Osasuna, which marked his first start in the league since the opening week of November.

Lemar would most likely be interested in any opportunity to revive his career. A return to France would appear the ideal move, as Ligue 1 was the very place that saw the winger display the form that earned him his big money move.


This is also not the first time Lyon have shown an interest in Lemar. The French side attempted to bring the forward to the club in 2015 when he was at Caen, but Monaco beat them to his signature.

Any deal is likely to be a loan move, in the short term at least, with Lyon unlikely to be able to afford a permanent deal. A deal until the end of the season could be agreed, with a potential agreement in place for a permanent switch depending on the financial implications.