Northerners smile. Promoted to Ligue 1 Uber Eats in 2020, Racing Club de Lens has won its bet. Indeed, the Sang et Or have done better than to stay in the first division since they finished seventh in the general classification. A great performance for Franck Haise’s troops. The latter was also rewarded by his management since he signed on June 18 a contract extension until 2023. The northern club will therefore be able to work in continuity.
The transfer window will, however, make it possible to make alterations. “We will not do in order to do. We want to take players who bring something different, profiles that we don’t have ”, admitted Florent Ghisolfi, the sports coordinator, to our colleagues from The voice of the North. Thus, Wesley Saïd or even Christopher Wooh have already arrived. Lens is also looking for a midfielder and a left-back. In this position, Deiver Machado (TFC) and Birger Meling (Nîmes) are followed according to the VDN.
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Lens victim of its own success
But the RCL, which will borrow 20 million euros according to The team, could also have to recruit a central defender to compensate for a probable departure of Loïc Badé. As revealed on our site, Stade Rennais offered € 15m for the player a few weeks ago. Insufficient for Lensois who expect ten more, or 25 M €. But according to West France, another proposal of 15M € + 5E bonus has been formulated … AC Milan, Villarreal, Newcastle and Brighton also have an eye on Badé. But they have not yet concretely gone on the offensive.
The Bretons remain the best placed to welcome him, especially since the player has already reached an agreement with them. However, Lens, which is not a seller, received a new offer of € 20 million (bonus included) on Wednesday announcement The team. What finally to make the Northerners falter? Case to follow. Like him, other elements of the northern group are courted. Author of a good season, Jonathan Clauss has touches. Inter Milan have reportedly inquired about the player under contract until 2023.
Reduce the group in quantity
Permanently recruited by Lens, Gaël Kakuta, he is courted by Newcastle and Sporting CP. The Lensois will also have an eye on the Seko Fofana case. Polled by OM, the midfield passed by Udinese still has good odds in Italy. Atalanta and AC Milan are interested according to our information. While he extended until 2024 recently, Jonathan Gradit is followed in France. OM and Nice have been cited as potential contenders. Victim of its own success, Racing Club de Lens does not intend to be robbed and should close the door.
Franck Haise and his leaders want to keep the same framework while strengthening themselves. However, the Northerners wanted to reduce the workforce in quantity to have only twenty-four players this season. So, Arnaud Kalimuendo left. The club wanted to keep him, especially since he had an interesting purchase option, but PSG refused. Cheick Traoré (Dijon), Tony Mauricio (Sochaux) or Gaëtan Robail (loan with OA to VA) have left. Lens is therefore active on all fronts this summer!