Official | Strasbourg complete signings of Bordeaux duo Junior Mwanga and Dilane Bakwa

Strasbourg have officially announced the signings of promising Bordeaux prospects Junior Mwanga (20) and Dilane Bakwa (20). They have both signed four-year deals with the Ligue 1 side. Mwanga and Bakwa have the same agent as new Strasbourg manager Patrick Vieira – Sport Cover’s Meissa N’Diaye. The Alsace side’s room for financial manoeuvre has greatly increased following their takeover last June by American consortium BlueCo, which also owns Chelsea FC. Mwanga is a very promising centre-back who is expected to compete with Saidou Sow to partner with club-record signing Abakar Sylla. The 20-year-old can also fill in the defensive midfield role. “This is an important step in my career“, said the former Bordeaux defender. “Playing at the highest level has always been my dream.”

Mwanga will be accompanied at La Meinau by his Bordeaux teammate Bakwa. The winger has logged five goals and eight assists in 36 Ligue 2 games this past season with Les Girondins. “I come with a lot of ambition but also a lot of humility and I will put myself at the service of the collective to help the club achieve its objectives ”. According to L’Equipe, Strasbourg have completed the double swoop of Mwanga and Bakwa for a combined €19m transfer fee. Strasbourg will kick off their Ligue 1 campaign at home against Lyon on Sunday.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval


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