The final whistle sounded at 11:00 p.m. in France to close the transfer market, boosted by six arrivals and numerous departures this summer at Paris SG, and an exchange of scorers in extremis between Nice and Rennes.
Ligue 1 clubs have struggled to seize the last opportunities of the summer transfer window but, after this time, they can no longer send new contracts to the Professional Football League (LFP).
In Paris, most of the work had been done upstream by the football adviser Luis Campos, responsible for regenerating the workforce of the champions of France and installing the Mauricio Pochettino era, replaced this summer on the bench by Christophe Galtier.
After Kylian Mbappé’s contract extension with great fanfare until 2025, PSG signed up midfielders Vitinha, Renato Sanches and Fabian Ruiz, defender Nordi Mukiele and striker Hugo Ekitike. He concluded his contract on Thursday with the attacking midfielder and ex-captain of Valencia, Carlos Soler (25).
The Costa Rican Keylor Navas, who became N.2 goalkeeper, stayed and the long-awaited defender, Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan), did not come.
For once, it is above all in the sales department that Paris has distinguished itself. Antero Henrique, former sports director of the club mandated to find a base for the many players deemed undesirable, has almost emptied the “Parisian loft” (Kehrer, Herrera, Wijnaldum, Dina-Ebimbe, Areola, Paredes, Gueye, Kurzawa, Diallo, Dagba) . He did not settle the Mauro Icardi case definitively but exfiltrated Julian Draxler to Benfica, via a one-season loan.
– Laborde/Delort, reconstituted duo –
For their part, Nice and Rennes concluded their exchange of scorers on time: the international Espoirs Amine Gouiri spun in Brittany and Gaëtan Laborde took his place with the Aiglons, where he finds his former Montpellier accomplice Andy Delort.
The Rennais paid 28 million euros (to which is added a possible capital gain of 15% on resale) to afford the 22-year-old striker, according to sources familiar with the matter, which makes him the most big transfer in the history of the club.
Nice must pay 10 million euros for Laborde and complete an active transfer window. After the departure of Galtier in Paris and the signing of Lucien Favre, the club of petrochemical giant Ineos offered itself a nice facelift with nine new players, including Nicolas Pépé, Aaron Ramsey, Kasper Schmeichel and Sofiane Diop.
The Aiglons would have liked to enlist Bamba Dieng, also courted by Lorient and Leeds (English D1), but the transfer seemed doomed to failure on Thursday evening, due to a “problem” encountered during the medical visit, according to a source aware of the file. .
The Senegal striker was expelled in August by OM, where there have also been numerous moves, following the surprise departure of coach Jorge Sampaoli.
His replacement Igor Tudor can count on the fine moves of management and president Pablo Longoria (Alexis Sanchez, Jordan Veretout, Jonathan Clauss, Eric Bailly, Nuno Tavares).
– Harit back –
OM, in need of cash, also took advantage of this transfer window to send several undesirables via a series of loans (Arkadiusz Milik, Kevin Strootman, Paul Lirola, Luis Henrique, Jordan Amavi). It is a loan which has also served to bring back Amine Harit, the Moroccan attacking midfielder, who already spent in the Marseille city last year.
The situation of Croatian defender Duje Caleta-Car, announced close to Southampton, remained unclear at the end of the evening.
Lyon, which entered the orbit of the American businessman John Textor, a priori finished shopping.
The club, still chaired by Jean-Michel Aulas and which is seeking to revive after a pitiful season (8th in L1, no European qualification), has above all distinguished itself by repatriating two glorious former players, Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) and Corentin Tolisso. (Bayern Munich), and by sending the Brazilian Lucas Paqueta to West Ham for more than 61 million euros.
In Lens, current second in L1, the best move is not a purchase or a sale, but an extension: that of its captain Seko Fofana, for one year until 2025, despite the various requests. The announcement was made in front of more than 34,000 supporters in the wake of Wednesday’s fine 5-2 victory over Lorient (5-2).
By Keyvan NARAGHI / Paris (AFP) / © 2022 AFP