With Les Bleus only narrowly missing out on a place in the UEFA Nations League finals, the last international football of 2018 ended on a disappointing note to an otherwise fantastic year for French football.
As December beckons, with a jam-packed set of French football league fixtures ahead, the January transfer window looms ominously on the horizon. With the window in sight, the rumour mill and the gossip columns are already rife with speculation on who will be leaving Ligue 1 early next year.
One of the prime destinations is the Premier League, with a number of players set to go in both directions across La Manche in the process.
The Premier League has, for some time now, been a prime destination for Ligue 1 players, and the previous transfer window last summer was no different. Ligue 1 sides sold players to English clubs to the tune of over £200 million last time round.
Brighton, Fulham, Huddersfield, Leicester, Liverpool, Wolves and West Ham all spent big, adding serious cash to Ligue 1 coffers. The likes of Fabinho, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Issa Diop and Jean Michaël Seri all made high profile, big money moves to play football in England.
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The talk of the town isn’t just in the big names, but also the up and comers who’ve been lighting up Ligue 1 this season. Lyon academy product Houssem Aouar appears to be top of that list with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea all looking to do battle for the 20 year old’s signature.
Allegedly Aouar has already turned down Jürgen Klopp’s Reds once in favour of developing further at his boyhood club. The midfielder is a product of Lyon’s youth academy and has broken into the first team over the last two seasons. Aouar’s deftness of touch and positive forward play has already seen him bag five goals in Ligue 1 so far this season, with a number of assists to boot.
Another exciting French prospect for the future also plastering the English tabloids is 16 year old Amiens attacker Noam Emeran, with no less than Manchester United leading the race for his signature.
But it isn’t just the youngsters who are being touted for potential transfers with potential big money moves going in the other direction. Out of favour Liverpool second string keeper Simon Mignolet is rumoured to be on his way to France, with Nice leading the line to sign him.
There’s also talk of some of the Premier League’s biggest names like David de Gea and Eden Hazard switching to Ligue 1. Although it looks like Hazard’s potential move to PSG has been ruled out for just now. The Belgian forward has seen a rejuvenation of form under new manager Maurizio Sarri, but is thought to be weighing up a move away from London.
The latest reports coming out of England say Hazard has ruled out a transfer this January but would consider it in the summer. Having said that, if the price is right it wouldn’t be out of the question for Hazard to make a switch to Paris.
It’s been reported that Manchester United’s most prized asset David de Gea could also be set to leave English shores, with the Parisians in the market for the Spanish shot stopper.
There are also rumours surrounding Monaco loanee Keita Balde. The Spanish-born Senegalese international is impressing in Serie A at Inter. Wolves are supposedly in the market for the forward, the club having received considerable financial backing since the take over by Chinese group Fosun International in 2016, and are ready to splash the cash.
Whatever the case, come January a number of French and English clubs will be embroiled in intense negotiations, with the opening of the month long January transfer window set to send the European football landscape into a frenzy. To keep track of all the English, French and European games, BetBlazers football betting tips is on hand to give you all the info you need to follow some of the best leagues in the world game.