Historic Ligue 1 club, Saint-Étienne will be in Ligue 2 BKT next season. A terrible disappointment for all Stéphane fans but who could benefit others. At the heart of this failed season, some ASSE players have distinguished themselves and will not necessarily want to continue their second division careers. The ASSE could suffer a bleeding from its best players. At FCM, there is a small overview of the players who could be good shots for OM.
This is a real thunderstorm for Ligue 1. 2 of the most historic and successful clubs in France, ASSE and Girondins de Bordeaux will be relegated to Ligue 2 BKT after catastrophic seasons. In a situation of sale from the beginning of the season after financial difficulties, the Forez club experienced a very complicated exercise between sports underperformance and changes within the club; Called in distress to save the already relegable club, Pascal Dupraz has failed in his quest to stay. This is not to say that Stéphane’s squad is not qualitative and some players have distinguished themselves despite a very difficult year. The latter may be tempted to go elsewhere, especially if proposals abound.
Gourna-Douath, Mahdi Camara, Denis Bouanga… Good ideas?
Players who are likely to leave the club include Lucas Gourna-Douath, for example. The 18-year-old defensive midfielder has already played 65 games for the pros and is showing amazing strength and maturity. The 19-year-old French international has been sidelined this season with an injury but has a certain edge in the market. In order not to slow down his early progression, the young player could be tempted to continue his career in a Ligue 1 club. On the ASSE side, the nugget could be let slip for a good sum. Transfermarket estimates it at € 10 million and Pablo Longoria could keep an eye on him following Boubacar Kamara’s departure.
If there’s one player who has cracked the screen in the greens, it’s Mahdi Camara. The 23-year-old midfielder has been in the Stéphane team this season. With a contract running until 2024, it seems unlikely that the Gambian-born player will make a season in Ligue 2 BKT. Estimated at 6 million by Transfermarket, the native of Martigues will be attentive to the offers that will reach him. Marseille could be tempted by its combative and rough profile.
A departure is even more likely for Denis Bouanga. The 27-year-old winger is reaching a turning point in his career and it would be very surprising given his level of seeing him continue his career at ASSE. The center-forward is one of the best players on the Saint-Étienne team since arriving in 2019 and his departure also seems to have taken place. One year after the end of his contract and with an estimated transfer of 8 million, ASSE knows that this is the year or never to recover a transfer allowance. A good shot for Longoria and Sampaoli who want an extra winger?