We take a look at the possible incomings and outgoings surrounding all twenty Ligue 1 clubs with just a week remaining until the summer transfer window slams shut.
The newly promoted side’s budget is so small that any possible incomings would need to be done as free transfers or as loans. Ideally, they would bring in a versatile defender, but right-back is the absolute priority. Another attacking midfielder would help, as would a defensive midfielder.
As for the outgoings, the Corsican’s squad is so thin that they are banking on ensuring that nobody leaves in these final days.
As one of the most active Ligue 1 sides in the transfer window this summer, Angers have finished their window shopping.
According to L’Équipe, we can expect the departures of Pessalli, Ben Othman and Kalifa Traoré before Monday evening.
The signing of Jesper Hansen has solved their goalkeeping conundrum, but they desperately need to sign a striker, if not two. A central midfielder must also be added, but they may have to make even more moves if Floyd Ayité (Rennes) and Julian Palmieri (who has been told he is allowed to leave should he wish) depart.
Girondins de Bordeaux:
With just one notable signing this summer, Bordeaux have been chasing a central defender without any success over the last three months. Omar Gaber, who has been on trial with Bordeaux, could join as a versatile defender-come-midfielder. Sagnol is still in the market for any young talent in central positions across the field.
Diego Rolan will be allowed to leave if any side offers upwards of €20m (bonuses included). Gregory Sertic would like to leave, but Bordeaux will most probably block him from doing so and he is seriously injured.
Looking for a cheapish striker to give Andy Delort competition for his place, otherwise Garande is done. Damien Da Silva could be the subject of late bids from fellow Ligue 1 sides looking for a central defender.
Probably in one of the biggest messes so far this season, Guingamp are hoping to sign a forward-thinking midfielder and a central defender before the window closes. As for departures, the door is very much closed.
Renard might be tempted to dip back into the market for a more experienced striker, but otherwise LOSC have done more than their fair share of business this summer. Lille will only sign a midfielder should they find extraordinarily favourable circumstances for a deal.
Marko Basa could be a late mover away from the club, with interest from Watford. Michael Frey (who failed a medical with Nottingham Forest) and Julien Jeanvier (told to find a new club by Renard) should depart before the end of the month.
Business is most likely done for the window. Again, would like a central midfielder, but realistically have enough in order to survive.
Lamine Gassama has been interesting OGC Nice and St Étienne at right-back, a player who FCL would have to replace. Raphaël Guerreiro will only leave for around €20m.
A couple of surprises expected at Lyon before the end of this transfer window. A deep-lying midfielder is the priority, but Aulas could pull a rabbit out of a hat in more attacking positions too.
Yassine Benzia and one of Bakary Koné and Lindsay Rose will leave. If an extraordinary offer is made for Alexandre Lacazette or Samuel Umtiti, then OL might be tempted to sell, but it has to be astronomical.
Olympique de Marseille:
Undoubtedly most likely to be the busiest side in the next seven days: two attackers, one midfielder, one left-back (D’Ambrosio) and one central defender (Denayer) expected to come in.
As for the departures, Mario Lemina could join Juventus for around €12m if recent reports are to be believed. Steve Mandanda and Nicolas N’Koulou are effectively still on the market if an incredible offer comes in.
Will only dabble in the market again considerably if departures occur. May still look to add youth talent from obscure corners of the world.
Aymen Abdennour, Layvin Kurzawa and Joao Moutinho’s futures are all up in the air. Abdennour the most likely to leave.
At least one attacking player is expected, otherwise the shopping has been done.
Djamel Bakar has requested a move away from the club.
Possibly up to three players to come in before the August 31st deadline. Certainly a central defender or two (Balanta, Felipe) and a central midfielder (Thomssen(, but also possibly another full-back.
Papy Djilobodji is largely expected to leave the club.
Priority is a goalkeeper (Douchez, Andujar), then a right-back (Malcuit) and finally, a striker (Le Bihan).
Nampalys Mendy could be the subject of a big late bid, but the squad should otherwise remain settled.
They will sign a left-back, most probably Fabio Coentrao. Les Parisiens have the financial muscle to make some last-minute transfer window magic happen. On a lesser note, they are said to be working on deals to sign two fairly unknown youngsters who would be loaned straight out.
Any doubt surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future is fast fading, with AC Milan set to move for Mario Balotelli. Gregory van der Wiel is in the doghouse at the moment and might force a move away, with contract extension talks said to still be going on. Chelsea are interested. Lucas Digne to AS Roma is 99% there at the time of writing.
AS Saint Étienne:
They continue to search for a bustling attacker, more of a target man than the players that they currently have at their disposal in that position. That could be Beric or Dembélé (Fulham). Also looking for a right-back, and lead the race for Malcuit (Niort)
Galtier will hope that his squad is not further decimated over the course of the next seven days.
Stade de Reims:
No more arrivals expected.
Aissa Mandi and Prince Oniangué could be the subject of big bids in the final days of this transfer window.
A central midfielder is expected (Gourcuff) and another attacker (Ayité).
Toivonen, Prcic, Habibou, Ngando, Said (possible contract extension), Hunou and Hountondji are all set to leave.
Operating a one in, one out policy.
Wissam Ben Yedder, Abel Aguilar, Dusan Veskovac and Martin Braithwaite are all doubts coming into the final week of transfer window activity.
They may look to sign a central defender following the injury to Mory Koné last night.
Departures set to be minimal.