The summer mercato will be completed in France on August 31st. And its 2019 season is already marked by some spectacular transfers.
The World Africa stop on the passages between France and Great Britain and the movements in the Hexagon of several international players in Africa.
From France to Great Britain
The Ivorian Nicolas Pépé, 24, leaves for Arsenal. The Ivorian international striker, who had a very good season with Lille, collectively finished in second place and individually by excellent statistics (22 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1), had attracted the attention of several major European organizations, including Paris-SG and Bayern Munich. Pépé, who had rejected a Chinese proposal in the winter of 2018, wanted to stay in Europe, in a posh club that would allow him to continue his progression. Near Naples, qualified for the Champions League in the course of July, the former striker of Angers has finally turned to the club London, where he will find particular the Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gunners have defrayed 80 million euros, plus some bonuses, to attract it to the British capital. This is the highest transfer for an African player, breaking the record held by the Congolese Cédric Bakambu, bought 74 million euros in January 2018 by Beijing Guoan (CHN) in Villareal (ESP). It is also the biggest transfer of the history of Lille and Arsenal, and a Ligue 1 club to the foreigner.
Malian Moussa Djenepo at Southampton FC. The 20-year-old Bamako-born winger convinced the English side of FC Southampton to claim € 20 million from Standard LiÃ¨ge (BEL), where he had just completed a convincing season (11 goals).
From Britain to France
The Senegalese Idrissa Gueye arrives at PSG. The 29-year-old Teranga Lions midfielder made the opposite move, leaving Everton, the Liverpool club, for Paris-SG, where he signed a four-year contract. The French club, which concluded the deal for 32 million euros, had already expressed interest in the vice-champion of Africa in January. Gueye, also approached by Manchester United as PSG and Everton traded, finally opted for the French club, to whom he had given a verbal agreement. The player trained at the Senegalese club Diambars will find a Ligue 1 he has played between 2010 and 2015 under the colors of Lille, and with whom he won the championship and the Coupe de France in 2011.
Malian Youssouf Koné goes from Lille to Lyon. At 24, the native of Bamako was recovered by the club north against a check for 9 million euros.
The Algerians Mehdi Abeid and Ryad Boudebouz move in France. The first, 26, took advantage of the offseason to change the horizon. At the end of the contract in Dijon, the Algerian midfielder has engaged with FC Nantes for the next three seasons. The second, 29, joins Saint-Etienne for 3.5 million euros. The attacking midfielder revealed to Sochaux, under contract with Betis SÃ © ville, remained on a complicated season, at a loan to Celta Vigo, and who has probably deprived him © of a participation in the CAN 2019. This return to France, in a club qualified for the Europa League, could allow Riyad Boudebouz to find the Algerian selection.
AS Saint-Etienne has also recruited the Gabonese Denis Bouanga, 24 years old, author of an interesting season with Nîmes (8 goals), for four years and 4.5 million euros. The international striker will cross on the lawns of Ligue 1 two of its partners in the Panthers of Gabon, since Dijon attracted in Burgundy Bruno Ecuela Manga, 31 years old, and Didier Ndong, 25 years. The first one was in Cardiff, a Welsh club allowed to participate in the championship of England, and the second in Guingamp, relegated to Ligue 2.
From France to Germany and Russia
The Tunisian Ellyes Skhiri leave France. The 24-year-old Montpellier player will visit the German Bundesliga with FC Cologne for four years, an operation that will bring in € 8 million to the Hebrew club. He is imitated by Cameroonian Clinton Njie, which leaves Marseille for Dynamo Moscow and 5.5 million euros. The attacker of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon has however more talked about him for the sex tape that he has published "By mistake" on social networks only for its transfer.