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Ligue 1: Bastille Day Summer Round-Up
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Written by Yomi Akinyemi   
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 16:16

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Ligue 1 Summer Round-up:

While Barcelona's endless pursuit of Fabregas, Man City's rather questionable buying sprees, Real Madrid's less-than-surprising spending, and a little event called the World Cup were all over the front pages worldwide, the summer transfer saga was well on its way in Ligue 1.

Having made the first big splash in the transfer market with the signing of Osasuna's Spanish under-21 right back Cesar Azpilicueta for seven million euros, Ligue 1 champions Marseille have taken over the helm as serial tapper-ups, with several reports linking Les Phoceens to David Trezeguet, Keisuke Honda, Luiz Suarez and Diego Forlan.  Other not-so-wild, rather credible reports link L'OM with Auxerre's Polish poacher Ireneusz Jelen, Inter Milan outcast Amanto Mancini, Bordeaux's Alou Diarra, Lille's highly courted defender Adil Rami, and World cup goal poacher and perennial Bayern Munich outcast, Miroslav Klose.

On the other side of the checkbook, L'OM's lung-busting Nigerian left back Taye Taiwo has been linked with a move to Liverpool — a move that may suit the player and Deschamps if the price is right.

The most dysfunctional team in France, Paris Saint-German, have once again been touting up its financial prowess, and to a lesser extent, its championship credentials with the signing of Monaco's Brazilian Nene, the capture of Mathieu Bodmer from Lyon, the possible arrival of William Gallas, and the envy of the consistently inconsistent Hatem Ben Arfa.  Rumors continue to swirl around the capital that its beloved PSG are interested in AZ Alkmaar's young Mexican defender Hector Moreno, Rennes revelation Sylvian Marveaux and Lorient ace Kevin Gameiro.  As always with the cantankerous Parisian outfit, the best advice for fans is to sit back, relax and watch this space, as the unpredictable is more likely the outcome of anything touched by PSG.

Bordeaux and French legend, Jean Tigana, is the new face at Bordeaux, replacing new France national team manager Laurent Blanc. The former Bordeaux star's first task is keeping hold of Yoann Gourcuff from the clutches of rivals Lyon.  Along with the somewhat probable departure of Gourcuff, midfield general Alou Diarra is all but gone to Marseille, and a replacement for him should be top priority.  While the departure of Chamakh to Arsenal seriously hurts the attacking prowess of Bordeaux, the arrival of Tigana should be good news to Fernando Cavenaghi (forgotten by Blanc) and Yoan Gouffran (largely ignored/often played out of position by Blanc), who should get more playing time under Tigana.

Unlike his peers at Marseille, Lyon or PSG, Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has been mostly quiet, claiming that the club won't be spending big this transfer season.  Needless to say, it is looking a slightly hard task for the new man to emulate the success of his predecessor.

Speaking of predecessors, Lyon have finally gone back to the basic formula that made them septuplet championship winners as the buy-quality-on-the-cheap/sell-quality-high strategy is back on the table.  In what might be the biggest coup this transfer season, O'L snapped up Rennes striker Jimmy Briand for an unbelievable sum of six million euros — about nine million less than what Lyon paid St. Etinne for the rights of the astonishingly bad, mercurially lazy target man Bafetimbi Gomis.  Plauged by injuries for most of last year, Briand's arrival at Lyon will provide much needed support for workhorse, power-forward Lizandro Lopez, and fill the void left by the departed Sidney Govou.

While the €25-million bid for Gourcuff remains on the table, Claude Puel has turned his sights on Rosenborg BK's Ghanian youngster, Anthony Annan, to plug in the hole left by Mathieu's Bodmer's sale to PSG.  A rumored four million euros should do the trick for Annan's Norwegian employers.

Lyon's scandanavian midfielder, Kim Kallstrom, has once again emerged a transfer object for Turkish giants Galatasaray, with a reported offer of five million euros.  His fellow midfield compatriot, Ederson, who has been closely linked with AC Milan and Napoli in the past, is set to stay at Lyon for at least another season.

Along with Marseille, Lille's Adil Rami is coveted at the Stade de Gerland, with strong talks between both clubs already past its infancy.  A figure around €13 million has been suggested as Lille's asking price, as Lyon are set to ship Boumsong away to Greece to be reunited with ex-teammate Sidney Govou.

Supporters of Lille have reason to be worried, as the main nucleus of the team appears to be headed out the door.  Along with Adil Rami's exodus to Lyon or Marseille, influential, yet highly underrated attacking midfielder Ludovic Obraniak, is set to depart for Auxerre.  Lille have continuously rejected bids for playmaker Eden Hazard — the affection of Lyon amongst others.  In addition, winger Gervinho fancies some time in England, Liverpool to be exact.

Fenerbahce are set to swoop for Ghanaian striker, Asamoah Gyan — offering Rennes €12 million.  Monaco are keeping a close eye on Gyan's international teammate, Andre Ayew, who currently sits on the book in the reserves at Marseille.

Arsene Wenger's first dibs on French talent shows no trickling down as the former Monaco manager has snapped up Lorient's strong center back Laurent Koscielny for about €10 million.

Following in Koscielny footsteps will probably be the effervescent, bustling, center forward Kevin Gameiro. The 23 year old looks set to depart Lorient.  Valencia appears to be at the front of the line, as the Spanish outfit look for a Ligue 1 buddy for former Montpellier playmaker, Tino Costa, who joined Los Che in a €6-million deal earlier in the summer.

And Robert Duverne, the guy who famously chucked his credentials onto the field at France's world cup training camp, has signed on with newly promoted side, Arles Avignon, as first-team fitness coach.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 July 2010 23:40


0 #3 Yomi Akinyemi 2010-07-19 10:22
@ Sarah... OM seem to be linked with every striker in the world including Robinho for a quick second. I'm rather certain Didi will get a quality one before the summer rounds up but its up to anyone's guess.

Also, JLT has bucked down and insisted Diarra will not leave Bordeaux but then again money is the name of the game.

OL will sign a new defender this summer (according to Alaus and Puel). Puel is a big fan of Rami during his tenure as coach when Adil was in the amateur side circa 2006/07... time will tell but Lyon have have spare change to shell out which puts them in the driver's seat.

But you have hit on a good point though, there is something rather interesting going on btw Lille and Lyon.. Lille appear to run themselves as a feeder club while Lyon the parent club.
+1 #2 OffsideSarah 2010-07-16 09:40
A good review of the press on the Ligue 1 mercato. Given that it changes not only daily but also hourly- getting this post done is an achievement in itself.

The big questions for OM in the next few weeks are:

1. Are Ben Arfa, Taiwo, A.Ayew and Cheyrou staying. Deschamps has been vocal about keeping Taiwo and Ayew (even speaking to the latter's father). Deschamps would probably sell Ben Arfa if given a good price but teams prefer a loan deal with a buy-option because of his inconsistency. OM wants a hard sell or they will probably keep him. Ben Arfa's agent will be meeting again with OM after the Champions Trophy in Tunisia later this month. These sales will dictate OM purchases as it is obvious we cannot buy without selling.

2. The number of strikers associated with OM has multiplied quickly and most of them are out of our reach (in my opinion). I won't believe anything until I see them in an OM shirt.

3. Alou Diarra is most likely coming to OM. Its a question of how much and if they take one our players in the deal.

4. Rami does not want to go to Lyon- he wants to come to OM. There have been a lot of questions raised regarding Lille's dealing with OL because there is a familial relationship with between Aulas (OL owner) and someone powerful at Lille (I cant remember off the top of my head). They blocked Rami's move last year to OM...
0 #1 Thomas 2010-07-15 14:44
Good post. Gervinho has actually said that he would NOT like to go to England, reportedly rejecting the idea of Liverpool, while Deschamps has said he wants to keep Taiwo at all costs.

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