The market will be ambitious - L'Orient-Le Jour

The market will be ambitious – L’Orient-Le Jour


The French Ligue 1 football offers its offers: the summer transfer market that opens today promises to be active for French clubs, cheered by the extension of the Parisian headliner Kylian Mbappé and the manna brought by the HVAC investment fund.

After several sluggish windows (with the exception of PSG), against the backdrop of accounts led by the failure of the Mediapro broadcaster and the Covid-19 pandemic, Ligue 1 finally seems to be approaching a market with ambitions, but also means. CVC’s investment in the new French football commercial subsidiary, amounting to 1.5 billion euros, is part of a large Ligue 1 development project. Each of its clubs will each receive a first installment of 16.5 million euros from this summer, to be injected as a priority in infrastructure. But those whose facilities are already optimal will be able to invest in transfers.

PSG and OM under construction

The resounding extension of Mbappé’s contract until 2025, despite Real Madrid’s lust, may mark a change in momentum for a Ligue 1 long accustomed to letting its stars slip. Around the striker, PSG must rebuild a winning 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 the radio France Bleu reported on Wednesday a marked interest de 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 said 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 Champions League, 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 a ban on recruitment in the Pape Gueye case, which will be tried by the Arbitral Tribunal. of sports.

Monaco could also play in the Champions League, via two consecutive qualifying rounds. To overcome them, the ASM intends to recruit two or even three experienced players in order to balance the squad, made up of many promising youngsters. The ASM has a big jackpot with the 35 million euros of bonus received after the extension to PSG of the former Monegasque Mbappé and the sale of Aurélien Tchouaméni to Real Madrid (80 million euros excluding bonuses).

In Rennes, qualified in 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 Ligue 1 this season), Lovro Majer and Nayef Aguerd, tracked by West Ham, are also coveting. Qualified for the Europa League Conference, Nice remains suspended from the Galtier case, under contract until 2024. If Galtier leaves the Eagles, several sources mention the Swiss coach Lucien Favre, former club (2016-2018), but also the Belgian Vincent Kompany or the German Marco Rose.

Lacazette, big shot at OL

Finally, Lyon’s failed season (8th in Ligue 1) put coach Peter Bosz under pressure and forced president Jean-Michel Aulas to bounce back quickly. As Aulas 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 has scored 100 goals in Ligue 1, is set to embody the new Lyon project alongside young Caqueret, Lukeba and Gusto, while the exit door seems open for Boateng, Dubois and 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.

Source: AFP

The French Ligue 1 football offers its offers: the summer transfer market that opens today promises to be active for French clubs, cheered by the extension of the Parisian headliner Kylian Mbappé and the manna brought by the CVC investment funds. After several sluggish windows (with the exception of PSG), against the backdrop of sealed accounts …



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