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Premier League big boys turn to Ligue 1 for summer recruitment

Ligue 1 seems to be the hotbed of up and coming footballing talent at the moment. The Premier League sides have frequently raided big leagues like La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A to procure talents in the recent years. However, the early signs this summer suggest that the clubs from England have turned their attentions towards football in France.

Last summer, only nine players left the top-tier of French football to join Premier League sides. Of these nine players, only four joined top-six clubs.  Out of these four players, only a couple were signed as first-team players – David Luiz and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Fast forward one year, and the top clubs in Premier League look set to eclipse that figure quite easily this summer.

The latest interest in Ligue 1 players, confirmed by short odds on sites like bigfreebet.com, could be put down to the amazing results achieved by teams like Monaco and Nice last season. Time and time again, we have witnessed that whenever a small club manages to build a decent team, big clubs soon start circling like vultures to devour said teams. Something similar is happening with Monaco and Nice this summer. Especially Monaco!

The way things are moving, it appears that Leonardo Jardim won’t be left with eleven players on the opening day of the next season.

Manchester City have already signed Bernardo Silva from Monaco and if current transfer rumours are to be believed he won’t be the only player to leave the Ligue 1 champions for a Premier League side this summer. The Citizens themselves have been strongly linked with a move for left-back Benjamin Mendy.

City are not the only Manchester club interested in Ligue 1 players this summer. Neighbours Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move for Monaco midfielder Fabinho while Blaise Matuidi of Paris Saint-Germain also remains an option.

Chelsea seemed to have almost completed the signing of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, and their London-rivals Arsenal are also following a number of Ligue 1 players.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has always relied on his native country to unearth footballing gems, and this summer, he is reportedly planning to complete a bulk of his summer business in France.

The Gunners are said to battling against Tottenham and Liverpool for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, and we can’t possibly finish this article without mentioning Kylian Mbappe.

Wenger is not really known for spending lavishly in the transfer market, but this summer, surprisingly, he seems prepared to break the world transfer record for his compatriot. The 18-year-old has emerged as one of the most promising talents in football over the last season, and he is attracting interests from some of the major clubs in Europe. At the moment, Arsenal and Real Madrid are the leading suitors for the France international.

Besides the Monaco duo, Arsenal are also interested in Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette and Nice midfielder Jean-Michel Seri.

Seri is not the only Nice player that is attracting interest from English clubs as young midfielder Vincent Marcel is set to complete his move to Tottenham.

Only time will tell how many of these signings will come to fruition; however, a couple of things are certain – the standard of football has vastly improved in Ligue 1 in the last couple of seasons. PSG managed to dominate the league for a significant amount of time single-handedly, but if the last season is any indicator, the French league won’t be a one-horse anymore.

Secondly, the French national team has some really talented youth talent in its ranks, and we might currently be witnessing the rise of another Golden Generation in French football.


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