The last days of the transfer window have finally left fans of the transfer window hungry. If OL made a hell of a great double transfer window operation that Bordeaux and Saint-Étienne were active, PSG did nothing and the Premier League and the Bundesliga did not plunder Ligue 1 like this. was generally the case in previous years. But it’s not for lack of trying. Back to the 10 transfers that could have upset the end of the transfer window in Ligue 1.
We necessarily start with the burning file of this end of transfer window, namely that of Ousmane Dembelé. Almost everything has been said about the hottest soap opera of the winter transfer window. And as we told you, PSG tried everything to recruit him this winter, after the former Rennes player refused Barça’s offer of €14m net annual salary. Discussions took place again last Monday between the different parties a few hours before the final deadline. But all is not lost, on the contrary for Paris, which already has a verbal agreement for next summer and will continue to discuss in the coming weeks. We stay in Paris and we talk about the Eric Junior Dina Ebimbé case. For a long time, Bayer Leverkusen believed they could recover the player on loan with an option to buy. The latter, first set at €9m by PSG, was suddenly reassessed at €15m by the Parisian management. Which really upset the German club, which put an immediate end to the negotiations and which undoubtedly derailed the extension of the player which was linked to the departure on loan of Titi in the Bundesliga. In the very last hours of the transfer window, an agreement had also been negotiated with Troyes for a loan without an option to buy this time, but at the last minute, the deal fell through when all the parties were present at the Paris headquarters until See you very late Monday evening.
Hugo Ekitike didn’t want to go to Newcastle, Lingard was hot to join in Nice
The Hugo Ekitike case also punctuated January 31. Indeed, an agreement had been reached between Stade de Reims and Newcastle for a transfer of 40 M€. Everyone at the club had already resigned and management had already inquired about another striker to replace him. But at the last moment, the deal fell through and the player’s entourage no longer wanted to go, wanting to end the season with the Reims club. In Reims we could also have lost Alexis Flips. Able to evolve on the right wing as well as on the left, the Reims striker has begun to attract covetousness since he is perceived by the sports directors of several solid European clubs as a player with interesting potential in this position. Villarreal and Watford approached the player, as did Brest in the last hours of the transfer window, but the Breton club finally fell back on Youssef Belaili, especially as Reims, which values its player at €7m, closed the door. twice locked. Brest, very active last Monday and decidedly fond of Algerian talent, also tried Zinedine Ferhat. But the operation also proved to be too complicated with Nîmes and the Algerian international will stay until the end of his contract next June and will be able to negotiate with whoever he wishes (Celtic, Trabzonspor or with Turkish clubs).
On the side of Nice too, things could have moved a lot this winter. Jesse Lingard was really close to joining the Côte d’Azur. Both Le Gym and Christophe Galtier were keen to get him back and the Manchester United midfielder, who turned down Newcastle and an offer in Spain, was seduced by the idea of playing for the current Ligue 1 second. But despite the means of Ineos, the English international was difficult to reach for the finances of Nice and the 29-year-old player was finally blocked by MU and will end the season in Manchester. If Lingard almost came, Alexis Claude-Maurice almost left the Allianz Riviera. In lack of playing time, the former Lorientais almost returned to the Hakes, but could very well have joined Metz and Brest, who were also on the spot in recent days. But the former international hopeful keeps the confidence of Julien Fournier and Christophe Galtier, who has also recently given him several encouragements and congratulated him for his involvement in training. We should therefore see ACM again with the Gym during this second part of the season.
A private jet was waiting for Tanguy Ndombelé in case…
If, by force of circumstance, Nice has been rather reasonable this winter, this is not the case for Bordeaux, which has multiplied contacts and approaches, especially in the last days of the transfer window. The Girondins did everything to convince Alvaro Gonzalez to join them. Discussions between the representatives and Admar Lopes until Monday morning, discussions between the Marseille defensive rock and Bordeaux, but nothing worked and the former Villarreal finally preferred to stay in Marseille, even demoted to the bottom of the hierarchy defenders. Bordeaux fans shouldn’t complain too much because it was the very talented Bosnian international defender from Malmö Anel Ahmedhodžić who arrived very late on Monday evening. On the start side, an additional striker and not the least could also have left the Gironde at the end of January. According to our information, Mbaye Niang has received interest from two Italian clubs, namely Sampdoria Genoa and Salernitana for a loan with an option to buy. A possibility swept away very quickly with a backhand for the former striker of Stade Rennais and AC Milan. Finally last anecdote as we often meet during the last hours of the transfer window: know that a private jet had been chartered by Leverkusen for Tanguy Ndombelé in the event that his arrival in Lyon fell apart at the last moment. The last day of the transfer window, whether winter or summer, is never a day like any other for clubs, agents and players…