Started a game with Lyon, as this thread attracted me very much.
I am going to take the mentality of trying to bring in mainly French players, although as you may see from my signings (more in a second), it hasn't quite worked out so far.
I have just finished all of my friendlies, with 5 wins from 5 - no goals conceded.
As for my signings, most have taken inspiration from the thread with Nicolas Otamendi (£10m, £2.5m upfront and £7.5m over 48 months), Adrien (£5m, £3m upfront and £2m over 48 months), Tranquillo Barnetta (£7m, £3m upfront and £4m over 48 months), Rafael Van Der Vaart (Loan, £1.3m fee, 50% wages and a view of a £7.5m deal) all coming in. All, bar, Barnetta were taken from here. The reason for Barnetta was that, I wanted a winger who could play on both sides and was pretty quick. So I made bids for Arda Turan and Barnetta, both were accepted, but Arda went to Barcelona, leaving me with the cheaper Barnetta.
There have been a few outgoings. Jean-Alain Boumsong was the first to go, a £4m move to Marseillie (fans weren't too happy). Second was Anderson in a £3m move to Auxerre. The final permanent departure was Cesar Delgado who left for Wolves for £4.3m. I have also loaned out Yannis Tafer to Monaco, but after accepting the loan move it came to my attention, I had stupidly given Monaco the option of purchasing Tafer for £2.1m at any point!
I have gone with the formation that served me so well with Liverpool, 4-2-3-1. This is my first XI.
Barnetta--Van Der Vaart--Bastos
I am still looking for improvements, or back-up (mainly young french players) so any suggestions on players would be ideal.