Late and extended, the transfer window “summer” 2020 closed its doors Monday evening. Not all Ligue 1 clubs have benefited from it …
Those who negotiated it well
A past master in the art of trading since the arrival of Gérard Lopez at the helm, the Losc has again skilfully steered its boat in this transfer window, certainly losing Osimhen or Gabriel in the battle but getting their hands on promises like David and Botman. Not to mention the experienced Yilmaz.
The Breton club is certainly gaining momentum. On the way to taking part in C1 for the first time in its history, Stade Rennais has strengthened considerably this summer and this fall. Terrier, Guirassy, Aguerd, Rugani, Gomis, Doku, Dalbert… all of them look like good pickaxes. For a few sacrificed certainly, Raphinha and Mendy in the lead.
The Sang et Or have had a hollow nose in this transfer window. The only example of Ganago, already prolific and decisive striker, attests to this. Kakuta, Medina, Kalimuendo… interesting reinforcements have multiplied in recent weeks in Lens. All for a contained investment of barely 20 million euros.
Now under the leadership of Ineos, the Gym has not soared, recruiting wisely, on each line, without upsetting a framework with certain potential. Kamara, Schneiderlin, Gouiri, Reine-Adélaïde, these elements alone have considerably strengthened the Nice squad.
They will miss Santamaria and Aït-Nouri but the Angevins have not lost everything this summer either. Flanked by a new sporting director, the SCO has been active in the market, securing the services of potential executives such as Bernardoni, Amadou, Boufal and Diony.
The Alsatian mayonnaise has not yet taken – far from it. Yet Racing has been able to preserve its achievements during the offseason, especially the coveted Simakan. This while gleefully strengthening itself on the offensive with the recruitment of Diallo, Waris and Chahiri.
On their own level, the Hakes did not skimp on the means to try to establish themselves permanently within the elite. A few executives from last season have taken off but Lorient has bet no less than 26 million euros to secure his back. Grbic, Moffi, Boisgard, Morel, Monconduit, the profiles are diverse, from the bet to the sure value.
Those who will have to prove themselves
Paris had accustomed us to more flashy mercatos. After losing a number of players at the end of the contract – and not the least – PSG were rather timid in the market, and especially struck at the last minute. If it wasn’t for Florenzi, the three other reinforcements – Kean, Rafinha and Danilo Pereira – arrived late. Not necessarily a good sign.
Olympique de Marseille
Despite its limited means, OM have shown themselves to be active in this transfer window, offering themselves no less than five recruits – not counting Alvaro – looking like betting on the future (Gueye, Balerdi, Luis Henrique and Cuisance), to with the exception of veteran Nagatomo. Conversely, the Marseille club have not been able to sell this summer yet. And Sarr’s loss so far has not been made up for.
For Lyon too, it was a half-fig, half-grape market that ended on Monday evening. Of course, the Gones kept their major offensive assets – the Depay, Dembélé and Aouar – while putting the hook on Paqueta. But the late arrivals of Benlamri and De Sciglio alone do not seem to offer more guarantees for the team’s defensive footing.
A solid and experienced rearguard, a flamboyant attacking tandem made up of Delort and Laborde, the MHSC has also managed to preserve some fundamentals. However, the Pailladins could well purr this season. Also to see if Omlin will be able to forget in the long term the good pick that was Rulli.
The Olympic Nimes
Certainly Bernardoni left a great void in the cage, quickly compensated for by the recruitment at a lower cost of Reynet. For the rest, the Crocodiles recruited intelligently without breaking the bank. Eliasson, Meling and Cubas are promising. To see over time.
The Brestois stadium
By ceding Diallo to Southampton (for a price of 15 million euros which cannot be refused), Brest has stripped his midfielder somewhat, concentrating most of his recruitment on the attacking sector. Philippoteaux, Faivre or Mounié should do the Bretons good, however.
The Canaries have certainly saved their transfer window by getting their hands on elements such as Corchia and Augustin at the last moment. Players whose profile was clearly lacking in the squad. Will it be enough, however, to do better than last season. Nothing is less sure…
Those who passed by
Has the Monegasque trading school lost its luster? The fact remains that the ASM was especially illustrated this summer by getting rid of 42 contracts (including loans) – just to leave a human-sized workforce in the hands of Niko Kovac. No madness, however, to strengthen the team. Disasi, Volland and Mannone arrived but Glik, Slimani and Subasic left…
Exit Perrin, Cabaye, M’Vila… even Ruffier, who does not fit into the plans of Claude Puel, Saint-Etienne is now involved in youth. The talented Aouchiche takes advantage, not Fofana who has decided to answer the Premier League’s call. All of this could turn out to be too tender as the season progresses.
The dead calm. Or almost. If it wasn’t for the surprise arrival of Ben Arfa, the Girondins de Bordeaux saw nothing coming from this summer to this fall. The team led by Jean-Louis Gasset has no shortage of shortcomings, however, and will certainly struggle to keep up this season again.
The Garnets first made real financial efforts to attract the Tchimbembé, Kouyaté, Ambrose, Caillard or Vagner to Lorraine. Only the leaders of Metz turned their backs on their supporters by ceding Diallo – whose departure was certain – to the Strasbourg enemy. Niane may make a thunderous start to the season, the scolding threatens Metz.
The Rémois have so far been able to lock their two promising strikers – Dia and Touré – but have lost big this summer in their base with the departures of Disasi, Kamara and Romao. These losses are obviously not compensated for by the arrival of the good Berisha pickaxe.
The Dijonnais have realized the improbable in recent weeks: let go in quick succession their two key goalkeepers: Gomis and Runarsson. Allagbé has his work cut out for him now, especially as Aguerd has also flown away. Like the iconic Tavares. Panzo, Scheidler, Dina Ebimbe, Boey or Zagré bets may pay off one day. Waiting…