The summer is always a period of change for many clubs, whether in terms of squad, coach or executive. Especially in France, where two clubs will arouse a lively interest among observers, namely AS Monaco and Paris Saint Germain, two clubs which recently became rich after the inflow of powerful investors. We already know that the PSG is able to draw big names in its team, and they have already done it with the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva last year. But now, we also have got to deal with Monaco, the champion of Ligue 2, ran by the wealthy Russian Dmitry Rybolovlev, who feed a great ambition to make of Monaco a big club in Europe as soon as the next year. French market is torn upside down, and the light is put on it.
Renowned to be a great forming nation, a lot of young French players aspire to change of atmosphere, particularly the ones stemmed from these aforementioned rich teams. Indeed, many of them are dreading to be in lack of playtime next year, and are seeing their future elsewhere. The exodus have already begun, with for example the talented Monegasque Nampalys Mendy who flew this week to the neighbour OGC Nice. Other players of Monaco risk packing up and leaving Le Rocher, if offers are arriving on the desk of the Russian boss. We can quote the forward Valère Germain, who can interest a lot of teams, in light of the good season he made, and considering that a famous striker is awaited in Monaco. In Paris, the situation is the same. A lot of youngsters formed in La Capitale are likely to change of club this summer. At least, most of them will be proposed on loan, as Adrien Rabiot did this year. But some big European teamps are disposed to pull out the checkbooks and sign promising Parisian players like Hervin Ongenda or Kingsley Coman.
In other French clubs, many changes are planned, especially for ones who are looking for some fresh money and so prone to sell some of their young players with high market value. What is even more interesting is that big French forming teams are in this situation, like Lille or Lyon. They have invested a lot in infrastructures, like stadium or forming center, and have lost some money in bad transfer moves, like Lyon did with Yoan Gourcuff. Precisely, he will probably be on the transfer list, and whether he or Clément Grenier is susceptible to pack up. For Les Dogues from Lille, the situation is the same, and English or Spanish clubs will tempt to draw in their nets players like Aurélien Chedjou or the U20 fullback Lucas Digne. From other teams, we can also quote players like the centerback Nicolas N’Koulou from Marseille, the offensive midfielder Younes Belhanda from Montpellier or the forward Pierre Eymeric Aubameyang from Saint Etienne.
The Ligue 2 is also composed of young and talented players, and will attract French and foreign teams. We have already saw Yaya Sanogo going to Arsenal, and the defensive midfielder from Guimgamp Gianelli Imbula is likely to do the same move. Besides, teams relegated in Ligue 2 will probably see their players left the club to more attractive and ambitious sides. As a consequence, Troyes, Nancy and Brest are strongly risking losing good players.
In brief, France is a breeding ground in terms of youngsters and that should interest foreign teams, particularly English ones, as we have already saw with Newcastle this winter. So let’s pay close attention to French players in the next weeks, checkbooks are going to be pulled out.