So Patrick Evenepoel is the one to really blame for all of this.HLN, Belgian newspaper, today on the Evenepoel saga:
"Nothing has yet been decided, in the form of a signed agreement or 'handshake' deal - everything in due time -, but the signals that have reached us in recent days certainly indicate that with this intention things are going in the right direction and that there is a very real chance that the two strongest Belgian riders - Evenepoel and Wout van Aert - will ride together in the same team in 2024."
No idea what their sources are, but they are diametrically opposite to L'Equipe. I think the conclusion is: nobody knows except Evenepoel himself. But him going to Visma would make sense if Bakala started this whole merger plan after daddy Evenepoel complained to him... which is something that Lefevere mentioned in his column, so one of the few things that has been confirmed by someone actually involved in the merger.