Renard, Katoto, Baltimore… What future for Les Bleues next season?


At least eight French internationals do not know where they will play next season. Iconic OL captain Wendie Renard is one of them. The discussions between her club and her advisers seem to skate as she comes to the end of her contract.

The window of the winter transfer window, which will close on January 31, is a period conducive to exchanges, meetings, and negotiations of all kinds. Especially for players who have been free to join the club they want since January 1, being at the end of their contract in June 2022. Among the internationals who are part of the backbone of Corinne Deacon’s France group, they are at least eight not knowing where they will play next season with the Euro in July in England in sight. Point of stage of the situation of each other.

In Paris, ongoing discussions for Katoto and Baltimore

Weekly points continue. At the heart of the Parisian project, star striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto (23 years old, 23 caps) is obviously a priority for PSG, which does not intend to part with its home scorer (8 league goals this season) and wishes him provide a place of choice for the future. A status that may not be immediately accessible in another championship.

The other « Parisian Titi » whose future is under discussion at the moment is called Sandy Baltimore (21 years old, 8 caps). Revelation of the 2020-2021 season, the midfielder is attached to the capital club to which she still gives priority. But his performances last year and his good performances with the French team caught the eye of European heavyweights.

In Lyon, the Renard file does not advance

This is certainly the most burning file of the Lyon sports management. The emblematic Rhone captain, Wendie Renard (31 years old, 126 caps), is out of contract in June. This is the first time that this situation has occurred since his arrival at the club in 2006. Discussions between OL and Renard’s advisers, who did not respond to our requests, began several weeks ago. .

But they seem to skate. Obviously, the situation of a player named five times in the FIFA type XI of the year arouses the interest of English and American competition in particular. Even if she is currently unavailable and has announced that she is expecting a child, Amel Majri’s future at OL will also be interesting to follow in the coming months.

Bordeaux fights to keep Bilbault and Perisset

Charlotte Bilbault (30 years old, 39 caps), in demand this winter, is one of the priorities of the Bordeaux staff. The Girondins have also fought in recent weeks to keep the side Eve Perisset (27 years old, 30 caps), who seems to have taken over the lead of the hierarchy in the France team in this position. La Bordelaise having received approaches from English clubs, among others. It will be necessary to follow the evolution of their situation with regard to the new sports policy of the club of Gérard Lopez.

Among the international players playing abroad and on whom Corinne Deacon relies, we can cite Viviane Asseyi (28 years old, 53 selections). The Bayern Munich winger is also free to commit where she wishes but she has flourished in Bavaria since her arrival in the summer of 2020.

On the other side of the Pyrenees, Aïssatou Tounkara (26 years old, 29 selections), has passed a milestone with Atlético de Madrid where she feels good but is « not afraid of change ». Traditionally, winter movements are rare in Women’s Division 1. Nevertheless, the Euro will approach quickly (July 7-July 31) and the coach will be keen to have her vital forces fully concentrated on the common objective of finally winning this first title for the French women’s team.

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