The last hours of the summer transfer window were particularly lively in Ligue 1.
Almost four months after the opening in Ligue 1 of a first phase of the summer transfer window, the transfer market closed its doors on Monday evening. A closure preceded by several major movements in France.
PSG finishes strong
The most spectacular blow was the work of PSG. While we imagined the club of the capital satisfied after the arrivals of Moise Kean and Danilo Pereira or the Parisian leaders busy looking for a central defender to compensate for the departure of Thiago Silva, the champions of France did business with Barça for recruit Rafinha. Unwanted in Catalonia, where he never managed to win, the Brazilian, trained at Masia and great friend of Neymar, arrives free in Paris, the Blaugrana being satisfied with a bonus of 3 million euros at the end season and a percentage on a possible resale.
One in two for OM
As expected, the last day of the transfer window was eventful at theOlympic Marseille. Bouna Sarr and Maxime Lopez have indeed left for Bayern Munich and Sassuolo respectively, and in the other direction, Michaël Cuisance arrived on loan. However, the Phocaeans failed to attract the right-back able to compensate for the departure of the former Messin. The Provencal club had targeted Joakim Maehle, Genk’s defender, but failed to come to an agreement with the Flemish club’s leaders.
Things have changed in Lyon
The self-interested and his leaders may have hoped until the end, Memphis Depay did not finally join FC Barcelona. Blame it on Ousmane Dembélé who decided to stay in Catalonia. The last night of the transfer window was no less hectic at Lyon since Jeff Reine-Adelaide, after rejecting the approaches of Herta Berlin, agreed to be loaned to Nice with a purchase option of 25 million euros. The same goes for Joachim Andersen, loaned to Fulham only a year after his arrival at Les Gones. His departure was offset by the signing of Djamel Benlamri, who arrived free. OL did not stop there as Matteo De Sciglio arrived on loan from Juventus while young Malian Habib Keita was signed for a million euros.
The nice shot of Stade Rennais
Very active during this summer transfer window, the Rennais Stadium ended in style by completing the arrival of the young prodigy Jérémy Doku, who at 18 became the most expensive player in the history of the club thanks to the 26.5 million paid by the Bretons to acquire the young midfielder of ‘Anderlecht. An arrival which caused the departure of Raphinha, yielded for 22 million euros to Leeds. Jérémy Gélin (Antwerp), Sacha Boey (Dijon) and Lilian Brassier (Brest) were also loaned.
Saint-Etienne tried two big shots in vain
The leaders of Saint Etienne have not been idle on this last day of the summer transfer window. The Greens first secured the essentials by completing the loan of versatile Panagiotis Retsos, capable of holding all four positions in defense and coming on loan from Bayer Leverkusen. The Stéphanois then tried two nice shots trying to get loan from William Saliba (Arsenal) and M’Baye Niang (Rennes). Without success.
Record transfer to Strasbourg
Mohamed Simakan and Kenny Lala may well have finally stayed Strasbourg, Racing struck hard by recruiting Habib Diallo, signing the biggest transfer in its history with a check for 10 million euros. Note also the return of Sofiane Boufal to Angers or the loan by AS Monaco of promising Arthur Zagré in Dijon.