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Official | Nantes sign Edgar Ié on loan from Lille with an option to buy

Nantes have completed the loan signing of Portuguese defender Edgar Ié until the end of the season from Lille.

The 24-year-old, who can play in either central defence or at right-back, had made 42 appearances in his year-and-a-half in Northern France, where he signed for €3m from Belenenses, a record fee for the Portuguese side to receive.

Léfirst emerged as a professional at Barcelona – despite not making any appearances for the first team – after being signed from the Sporting Lisbon youth academy.

After moving to Lille, his impressive performances earned him his first senior cap for Portugal in November 2017, appearing as a substitute for Pepe in a 3-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia.

The nature of the young defender’s progression as well as his versatility could well prove a valuable asset for Nantes manager Vahid Halilhodžić as the Ligue 1 campaign moves into the second half of the season.

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