The transfer market, which will close on September 1, has delivered its first truths.
In three days, Ligue 1, like its European counterparts, will resume its rights. But the start of the season does not rhyme with the end of shopping. The transfer market will be in full swing throughout August. Some stars of the France team are already fixed. Others feed uncertainty, even concern, three and a half months before the World Cup. Overview, halfway, of the transfer window of the Blues. And that of the main foreign stars.
To the Blues who breathe
We had no doubts about Jules Koundé’s place with the Blues. We doubt it even less after his transfer from Seville to FC Barcelona for nearly 50 million euros. The 23-year-old defender is highly anticipated in Catalonia. Like his former teammate in Bordeaux Aurélien Tchouameni, who moved from Monaco to Real Madrid for 80 M€. They approach the future with ambition.
Like Nordi Mukiele, bought by PSG from Leipzig for 15 M€. The right side will have to fight for his place, in Paris as with the Blues. Where one of the competitors is called Jonathan Clauss, transferred from RC Lens to Olympique de Marseille. Despite rumors in the spring, the tricolor captain, Hugo Lloris, will not move from Tottenham.
And these Blues sweating
Didier Deschamps will surely call them up for Qatar, but their club in the summer may not be the same as in the fall. In Monaco, coach Philippe Clement “hope” that Wissam Ben Yedder “will stay”as he told Nice morning sunday. Presnel Kimpembe saw his departure being whispered to PSG. The door opened, but neither the player nor his club dared to take the plunge, explained The Team beginning of July. Chelsea would have made eyes at him. Like Benjamin Pavard, with less and less certain playing time at Bayern Munich.
Further south, in Turin, the fog envelopes Adrien Rabiot. Juventus pushed him out, but backpedaled after Paul Pogba injured his right knee. The world champion did not hide his joy, on July 11, to leave the painful last months at Manchester United behind him, and to find Juve, certainly in a worse state than when he left in 2016. But now he winces for fear of being too fair for the World Cup in Qatar, which will begin on November 21.
Abroad, the enigma Ronaldo
Failing to animate the market, some Tricolores are collateral victims. At Bayern, the colony of French defenders (Hernandez, Upamecano, Pavard) saw Matthijs de Ligt land, snatched from Juventus for nearly €70 million. A big blow from the Bavarian ogre, who also offered one of the best strikers in the world, Sadio Mané, from Liverpool. It was necessary that to compensate for the departure of Robert Lewandowski to FC Barcelona, arrived with the Brazilian winger (and former Rennais) Raphinha, bought in Leeds for 58 M€. In Italy, Inter Milan recalled Romelu Lukaku on loan, a year after selling the Belgian striker for €113m to Chelsea, where he never found a smile.
But the name that risks obsessing the football planet all this month of August is that of Cristiano Ronaldo. The five-time Ballon d’Or, 37, wants to leave Manchester United, the British press has been hammering for a month. His age, his slight decline and his astronomical salary reduce the list of suitors to a trickle. Bayern have publicly said no. Atlético de Madrid have denied any rumours. PSG would consider his arrival as risky as it is superfluous. Everything suggests that the Portuguese striker will remain a Red Devil, whether he likes it or not. Even if, in the frenetic universe of the transfer window, the truth of August 2 is not always that of 31.
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