Nabil Bentaleb (28) has finally sealed his long-awaited return to Lille OSC, the Ligue 1 club has officially announced. The Algerian international midfielder’s transfer from SCO Angers to Les Dogues was in doubt after it transpired that an issue was revealed during his medical last month.
Lille and Angers had previously struck a €4.5m agreement for the signing of the former Tottenham Hotspur man. Ligue 1’s Medical Commission eventually agreed to greenlight the move in those last few days after additional medical tests were undertaken.
Bentaleb has signed a three-year deal with Paulo Fonseca’s side. The Lille-born Algerian midfielder will wear the #6 jersey with his new side. Lille were in the market for a midfielder following the departures of Everton loanee André Gomes and Jonas Martin. Lille are also set to part ways with promising defensive midfielder Carlos Baleba, who will have his medical at Brighton today. The Seagulls and Lille have shaken hands over a €27m fixed fee excluding bonuses for Baleba.
GFFN | Bastien Cheval