Football – Transfers: A month after the opening of the transfer window, where are the Ligue 1 clubs?


They changed trainers before launching the big maneuvers

For them, the beginning of summer was particularly eventful. But it was on the bench that changes were made. So the Paris Saint Germain took long weeks before reaching an agreement for the dismissal of Mauricio Pochettino. His successor, Christophe Galtier, was only presented to the press at the beginning of July. In addition to the exercise of the option to buy Nuno Mendes, only the Portuguese Vitinha (FC Porto) has been recruited by the champions of France. Luis Campos will now be able to move up a gear. In the direction of arrivals as in that of departures, moreover.

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To Marseilles also, the highlight of the past weeks concerns the coach. In disagreement with Pablo Longoria about the recruitment policy, Jorge Sampaoli slammed the door, giving way to Igor Tudor. We imagine that the Marseille management will soon accelerate to ensure that Isaak Touré (Le Havre) is not the only reinforcement. A little further east on the Mediterranean coast, Nice did not launch the big maneuvers on the market either. But the Aiglons had to get busy to register the return of Lucien Favre as coach, then the departure of the sports director, Julien Fournier.

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Monaco hit the jackpot, Rennes in search of experience

Engaged in the preliminary round of the Champions League, theAS Monaco resumed training before the other Ligue 1 teams. Without Aurélien Tchouameni, sold to Real Madrid for the tidy sum of 80 million euros. Enough to fill the coffers and have the means to achieve some nice shots in the weeks to come. Like the transfer of Takumi Minamino, snatched from Liverpool against a check for 18 million euros.

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reindeer, for its part, had been rather discreet before enlisting Steve Mandanda, in the middle of last week. The 37-year-old goalkeeper will bring all his experience to the Breton workforce, engaged in the Europa League this season. The leaders of the SRFC had targeted another player with a great experience at the high level to compensate for the departure of Nayef Aguerd (West Ham) in defense, namely Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona), but the file seems to be stopped. Last French club benefiting from a European ticket for 2022-23, Nantes also played the experienced rookie card with Moussa Sissoko (Watford).

Lyon and Lille, two different strategies to find Europe

Very disappointing, even missed their subject during the previous exercise, Lyons and Lille are at least active since the opening of the market. But with very distinct approaches. In the process of going under the American flag, the Gones first recalled former players trained at the club. This is how the Rhone fans were delighted to learn of the return to the fold of Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso, respectively at the end of the contract with Arsenal and Bayern Munich. The Brazilian Tetê was again loaned by Shakhtar Donetsk, while Johann Lepenant was bought from Caen.

Corentin Tolisso at a press conference for his return to OL

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Fallen from its throne of champion of France, the LOSC, for its part, began a vast stir. Appointed coach in place of Jocelyn Gourvennec, Paulo Fonseca will probably have to wait before getting to know the contours of his workforce, which should be turned upside down. Hakim Zedadka (free), Alexsandro (Chaves) and Jonas Martin (free) are already there, awaiting the probable arrivals of Rémy Cabella (free) and Mohamed Bayo (Clermont), according to The Team. Zeki Çelik (AS Roma), Sven Botman (Newcastle) and Burak Yilmaz (Fortuna Sittard) have already left. Others, like Renato Sanches, should follow.

Lens got off to a strong start, Montpellier draws on the Greens

To find the club that made the most convincing start to the transfer window, you have to stay in Hauts-de-France. As a matter of fact, lens has certainly already completed its recruitment. Adam Buksa (New England), Brice Samba (Nottingham Forest), Jimmy Cabot (Angers), Salis Abdul Samed (Clermont), Lukasz Poreba (Zaglebie Lubin) and the very promising Loïs Openda (Club Bruges) have indeed joined the Sang et Gold. It is now up to them to properly manage future sales, such as that of Cheick Doucouré at Crystal Palace.

After a coasting end to the exercise (13th), Montpellier obviously wants to give itself the means to bounce back quickly and well. To achieve this, the Pailladins have mainly targeted players at the end of their contract with Saint-Étienne. Arnaud Nordin, Wahbi Khazri and Falaye Sacko (who was on loan from Vitoria Guimaraes) therefore landed in Hérault. In addition, Téji Savanier has extended until 2026, which can only be good news for Olivier Dall’Oglio’s troupe.

Teji Savanier (Montpellier)

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But also…

Among the other Ligue 1 clubs, it should be noted thatAngers also experienced a lively first month of transfer window, between the departure of many executives at the end of their contract (Thomas Mangani, Vincent Manceau, Romain Thomas, Ismaël Traoré), the juicy sale of Mohamed-Ali Cho to Real Sociedad (€12 million ) and the signing of several reinforcements (Adrien Hunou, Miha Blazic, Himad Abdelli…). Brestwho has just convinced Youcef Belaïli to re-enlist, welcomed Mathias Pereira Lage (Angers), Noah Fadiga (Heracles) and Karamoko Dembélé (Celtic Glasgow). Clermont has notably expanded in the middle with Maxime Gonalons (Grenada), but the imminent departure of Bayo will leave a void in attack.

Troyes, Lorient, Reims and Strasbourg are still very calm for the moment, even if Racing has been loaned Colin Dagba (PSG). Finally, the three promoted are currently conducting a transfer window in line with their strategies: Toulouse relies on young players from less followed championships (Zakaria Aboukhlal, Kjetil Haug, Thijs Dallinga), Ajaccio opts for old veterans (Mangani, Romain Hamouma…) and Auxerre is betting on skilled ball handlers (Youssouf M’Changama, Kays Ruiz-Atil). All these stables have until September 1 to finish their summer shopping.

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