Mbappé effect, CVC manna ... The market promises to be ambitious

Mbappé effect, CVC manna … The market promises to be ambitious


Ligue 1 offers its offers: the summer transfer market that opens on Friday promises to be active for French clubs, thanks to the extension of Parisian headliner Kylian Mbappé and the manna brought by the CVC investment fund .

After several sluggish windows (with the exception of the PSG exception), against the backdrop of accounts led by the failure of the Mediapro broadcaster and the Covid-19 pandemic, the L1 finally seems to be approaching a market with ambitions but also means.

CVC’s investment in the new commercial subsidiary of French football, amounting to 1.5 billion euros, is part of a large Ligue 1 development project.

His clubs will each receive an initial payment of EUR 16.5 million this summer, to be injected as a priority in infrastructure. But those whose facilities are already optimal will be able to invest in transfers.

And the resounding extension of Mbappé’s contract until 2025, despite Real Madrid’s lust, may mark a change of momentum for an L1 long accustomed to letting its stars slip.

– PSG and OM under construction –

Around the striker, PSG must rebuild a victorious project, in Ligue 1 but especially in the Champions League.

For this, the club has chosen the Portuguese Luis Campos as sports advisor, replacing the Brazilian Leonardo.

His first hot case is called Mauricio Pochettino, a suspended coach but still under contract until 2023. In case of departure, the name of Zinedine Zidane has been advanced but France Bleu reported on Wednesday a strong interest from Campos for Christophe Galtier (Nice), whom he met in Lille.

In the meantime, as every summer, PSG is facing a sales problem due to its hefty salaries.

After Angel Di Maria (end of contract), the club is considering many departures: Navas, Kurzawa, Draxler, Kehrer, Paredes or Icardi. But the last two cities have already announced that they intend to stay …

Lined up alongside PSG in the Champions League, Marseille are also under construction.

Without Boubacar Kamara, who left for free at Aston Villa, Jorge Sampaoli’s defensive edifice must be rebuilt. Samuel Gigot (Spartak Moscow) will arrive, but what about the William Saliba files (loan return to Arsenal) and Duje Caleta-Car (end of contract in 2023)?

At least with the lucrative C1, President Pablo Longoria has the advantage of presenting an attractive project and having a little more financial margin. Internally, they are targeting “two defenders, a big midfielder and a striker”, especially since the club’s sword of Damocles weighs on a recruitment ban in the Pape Gueye case, which will be tried by the Arbitral Tribunal. of Sport.

Monaco could also play C1, via two consecutive qualifying rounds. To cross them, the ASM plans to recruit two or even three experienced players in order to balance the squad, made up of many promising youngsters.

– Lacazette, big shot at OL –

The ASM has a big jackpot with the 35 M EUR bonus received after the extension to PSG of the former Monegasque Mbappé and the sale of Aurélien Tchouaméni to Real (80 M EUR excluding bonus).

In Rennes, qualified for the Europa League, we are preparing for a new intense market. “The idea is to keep the hard core as wide as possible,” said sporting director Florian Maurice.

Courted Benjamin Bourigeaud and Hamari Traoré could see elsewhere. Martin Terrier (21 goals in L1 this season), Lovro Majer and Nayef Aguerd, tracked by West Ham, also fueled the lusts.

Qualified for the Europa League Conference, Nice remains suspended from the Galtier case, under contract until 2024.

If Galtier left the Aiglons, several sources mention the Swiss coach Lucien Favre, a former member of the club (2016-2018), but also the Belgian Vincent Kompany or the German Marco Rose.

Finally, Lyon’s failed season (8th in L1) put pressure on coach Peter Bosz and forced president Jean-Michel Aulas to bounce back quickly.

As “JMA” seeks a new benchmark shareholder, OL have already struck a blow by bringing back Alexandre Lacazette, their former fetish striker, who left Arsenal free.

The French international center-forward, who scored 100 goals in L1, is set to embody the new Lyon project alongside the young Caqueret, Lukeba or Gusto, while the exit door seems open for Boateng, Dubois, Aouar and even Lucas Paqueta.

In terms of recruitment, OL is looking for a central defender, two full-backs, two midfielders and another striker, with the aim of regaining the European stage next year.

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