In the 3rd part of our transfer window updates from around Europe’s elite leagues, we look at Holland’s Eredivisie, France’s Ligue 1 and Portugal’s Primeira Liga. There have been a lot of deals, since most teams like to do all their business before the season has begun, but some also like to leave it late, as players often don’t know if they are first choice until pre-season has ended. Here is everything that is Ligue 1:
Ligue 1 – France
Monaco and PSG have been the biggest spenders so far, with Marquinhos (£27m), Edison Cavani (£51m) and Lucas Digne (£13-15m) signing in Paris, with Marquinhos only being 19! Monaco have been slightly busier, with a good deal of the team that won them promotion being replaced with multi-million pound signings – chief amongst which are Falcao (£50m), James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho from Porto for around £60m, £38m for Rodriguez, £22m for Moutinho. Other to join include veterans Ricardo Carvalho and Eric Abidal (both free), Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, Jeremy Toulalon and Anthony Martial all for £3m each, and Portuguese’ Fabinho on loan for the season. Both are still looking at add to their ranks, however.
Further down you have Marseille, who have spent well so far. Gianelli Imbula has signed from Guingamp for £6-7m, Dmitri Payet, who we were impressed with last season, has left Lille for £8m and Benjamin Mendy has signed for £3m. Key to further incomings at Marseille is the departure of Andre-Pierre Gignac, who is being offered around for £10m. Lyon and Lille have been quiet so far, both signing just two and selling plenty. Lyon are offloading top earning stars, with the likes of Bafetimbi Gomis and Jimmy Briand being told to find new teams. Gael Danic (£750k) and Miguel Lopes (Loan) have come in so far. Lille have signed Wolfsburg’s Danish Centre Back Simon Kjaer for just £1.6m – he cost them nearly 10 times that a few years ago! Julian Jeanvier has also signed from Nancy for a small fee.
The two surprise packages from last season, Nice and Saint Etienne, have also done very little business so far, Franck Tabanou and Ibrahim Sissoko have only just signed for ASSE, as well as Bayasse and highly rated late developer Benjamin Corgnet. Nice have only signed two, Nampalys Mendy (Free) and Christian Bruls from Liege on loan.
The other two promoted sides have gone different routes. Guingamp have signed a mix of French players from relegated sides/Ligue 2 team, such as Steeven Langil, all for free transfers. Nantes on the other hand have signed three Colombian’s for a combined £1.7m. Bordeaux and Valenciennes have both had quiet summers so far, just Jeremie Brechet for FCB and Aurilen Chitu and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck joining Valenciennes. Lorient have just signed the two, Raphael Guerrero from Caen for £2m and Vincent Aboubaker for free from Valenciennes. Sochaux have only Julien Faussurier to show so far, costing £250k.
Rennes and Montpellier have done little after very disappointing campaigns – MHFC have only signed Tiene from PSG, Djamal Bakar from Nancy and Morgan Samson from Le Mans, whilst Rennes have secured Sylvan Armand and Jean Makoun II from Aston Villa. Toulouse have signed a few, Oscar Trejo, Ramon and another have come in for around £3m. Bastia have signed some experience, Sebastian Squillaci and Raspertino amongst four to come on free transfers. Evian have done some good business, rising star Nicolas Benezet joins from Nimes, as well as three others on free deals.
Finally, Ajaccio and Reims have signed a handful each, mainly on free transfers, the pick of the bunch from both is Cedric Hengbart, who has joined Ajaccio from Auxerre for no fee.
Eredivisie – Holland
The Dutch market has been an interesting one so far, with PSV selling off some big names to refresh the squad with younger talent, and Ajax looking to consolidate. PSV have sold the likes of Dries Mertens and Kevin Strootman, and in return have signed some good players. Karim Rekik has signed on loan from Man City, Jeffrey Bruma has come in from Chelsea for £2.2m. Adam Maher turned down Ajax to join up with Francesco Cocu’s team, costing £6m, and Duo Stijn Schaars and Santiago Arias have arrived from Lisbon. Florian Jozefoon another to the growing list. Ajax have added two, Mike van der Hoorn to replace the inevitable exit of Toby Alderweireld, and Bojan on loan from Roma – what a signing that is!
Vitesse have lost Van Ginkel and Bony for £20m, and have yet to replace either really. Marko Vejinovic, Patrick Van Aanholt and Kelvin Leerdam have signed for a small amount, bar Van Aanholt, who has joined on loan from Parent team Chelsea. Heerenveen lost star man Filip Djuricic to Benfica, but have signed ex-Molde and Man Utd youngster Magnus-Wolff Eikrem for £1m, which could turn out to be a hell of a deal! Yanis Wildschut and two others complete their signings to date. Utrecht have just signed three, and after being knocked out of the Europa League qualifiers to an unknown team, that may be it! Timothy Derijck is the pick.
AZ have signed four very good players after losing star players Maher and Altidore, Jan Wuytens, Jeffrey Gouweleeuw, Nemanja Gudelj and Eli Babolj join for around £6m. Feyenoord have only one player to show so far, but that is the permanent signing of Graziano Pelle, the league’s 2nd top scorer last season. £2m is a brilliant price. Twente may have missed out on Europe, and have lost Leroy Fer for £8m, but Arsenal starlet Kyle Ebecillo has signed permanently, as has young keeper Sonny Stevens for a small fee.
Newly promoted duo Cambuur and Go Ahead Eagles have been busy, with both signing over 10 each on free’s, Cambuur with 12, none stand out, all relatively unknown players from lower leagues. NAC Breda have been using money from the sale of Gudelj well, Rydell Poepon and Jeffrey Sarpong have joined, both ex-Ajax who have been around, add 7 more and it’s been a good summer. Roda have signed 7 players, RKC have gone old-school and signed Romeo Castelan and Dennis Rommedahl, both stars long ago in the Eredivisie, add 6 more and again it’s been busy for Waalwijk.
Hercules have signed 6 players, NEC 6 too, most notably Michael Higdon from the SPL and Den Haag also buying 6. Zwolle have done well, securing Mateuzs Klich from Wolfsburg, Mokotjo and Fernandez from Feyenoord – good buys for very little money. Lastly Groningen, just three but a good three. Nick van der Velden, Giliano Wijnaldum and Eric Botteghin – three good deal again for not a great deal of money!
Primeira Liga – Portugal
Benfica and Porto as always have been amazing in the market, picking up cheap South American talent for peanuts and selling for millions. Porto have made £342m in profit over the last decade, selling a mix of Portuguese and South American stars, with Benfica making nearly £200m profit.
Benfica have signed Luis Farina for £2m, Lisandro Lopez (Not the Lyon one) for £3m, Jorge Rojas for £1m, Filip Djuricic for £6m, Lazar Markovic on loan from Chelsea, and Miralem Sulejmani for free from Ajax, as well as 4 free deals/loans. Porto have signed rising star Juan Quintero for £4m, Nabil Ghilas for £2m, Diego Reyes for £5.8m, Hector Herrera for £6m as well as duo Ricardo Pereira and Tiago Rodriguez from Guimares for small fees. It wouldn’t surprise us that in 2 to 3 years’ time the likes of Herrera, Reyes and Quintero go for £30-40m to bigger clubs, as they are extremely talented youngsters that given the right amount of playing time could become the next Falcao or Hulk.
Pacos Ferreira have signed 12 players on free transfers, Braga have signed an amazing 16 players for around £2.5m, Estoril four – Seba from Cruzeiro, Javier Balboa, Bruno Lopes and Joao Pedro.. Maritimo have signed three, Derley, Jorge Chula and Rodrigo. Lisbon have signed a few players after letting several go, including Ricky Van Wolfswinkel to Norwich – Salim Cisse, Mauricio, King and Jefferson (£300k from Estoril). Rio Ave have signed Luis Gustavo from Barcelona, Paulo Henrique from Santos and Romain Salin.
Olhanense have signed two from Inter, Vid Belec and Daniel Bessa, two very talented youngsters that will benefit from playing time. Nacional have brought in just one so far Zainedine Junior. Guimares have signed Alex from Santa Clara, and Gil Vicente have signed Leo Kanu and Djalma. Newly promoted Belenenses have just one buy so far, Helgi Danielsson. Academica have 3 to announce, Diogo Valente, Rafael Olivera and Bedi Buval. Arouca have four signings, including Nuno Henrique and Igor Stefanovic. Finally Vitoria Setubal signed six – including Lunguinha and Rafael Martins.