In a move announced a bit pre-emptively, FC Nantes have now officially signed 22-year-old Belgian Anthony Limbombé. Limbombé is Les Canaris’ eighth signing this summer but their first since the start of the Ligue 1 season. €7m plus add-ons was the agreed upon fee between Nantes and Club Brugge for the rights to the young Belgian, whose contract details with the French club are now finalised.
Limbombé was previously linked to a host of European clubs this summer including the likes of Huddersfield, Newcastle, Southampton, and Schalke, but it is Les Canaries who have successfully secured the Belgian’s signature. Skilful, quick, and good with both feet, Limbombé will add a threatening presence to manager Miguel Cardoso’s left flank.
Nantes have started the Ligue 1 season slowly, seeing defeat in their first two matches. One clear weakness has been an inability to make the right decisions in the final third, something Cardoso himself even admitted. With the addition of Limbombé, however, Les Canaries’ offensive production may significantly improve.
The 22-year-old has proven to be able to contribute both goals and assists even from a more withdrawn left midfield role, netting six and providing six during last year’s Jupiler Pro League season.