FRANCE – Ligue 1
If you’re among the lovers of french football, then we have some good news for you – Ligue 1 is about to start once again! Can someone stop Paris Saint-Germain? Will there be any intrigue in the league this time? We still can’t answer these questions, but it’s no secret – PSG is once again the big favourite for the gold medals.
PSG is starting this season with some major changes in their squad. First of all, the club from the capital is going to be led by a different manager. Despite winning Ligue 1 last season, Laurent Blanc was sacked by the club’s owners. The name of the new manager is Unai Emery. The Spaniard won Europa League three times in a row with Sevilla, so now everyone in Paris is hoping that he could continue his european success with PSG in the Champions League. It’s not a secret that the Champions League remains the big target for the club and that’s the main reason why Laurent Blanc was sacked.
PSG was also left by his biggest star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Emery paid 33,60 millions euro for his former player Grzegorz Krychowiak. Jese was also signed from Real Madrid for 25 millions, while 10 millions were paid for Giovani Lo Celso from CA Rosario.
Marseille, Olympique Lyonnais and Marseille are probably the teams who could oppose some trouble to PSG.
Marseille sold its biggest star Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea for 39 millions euro and they already spend 8 millions to bring Remy Cabella back to France. The former european champions are probably still waiting for their biggest hit in the summer market, so we should wait and see.
Monaco are currently one of the most active french clubs on the summer market. Monaco already spent more than 30 million euros for new players, which speaks for their high ambitions for the new season. 15 millions were paid for Lille’s right back Djibril Sidibe, while 13 more millions they paid for Marseille’s left defender Benjamin Mendy. 11 million euros flown to Torino for the central defender Kamil Glik.
Olympique Lyonnais bought just one new player this summer, paying 7,50 millions euro for River Plate’s centre back Emanuel Mammana. Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny) and Nicolas N’Koulou (Marseille) were signed on a free transfer, while Samuel Umtiti was sold to Barcelona after playing for France during Euro 2016.