Raiding the Champions
If a side other than Paris Saint Germain win the Ligue 1 title, it is almost inevitable that their players will be raided by other sides.
This was shown when Monaco won the title in 2016/17. A consequence of their impressive campaign, Monaco lost nine players on permanent deals (as per transfermarkt), including the likes of Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva to Manchester City, and Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea, for a combined 150 million pounds.
This means that when Lille lifted the title on the final day, they were surely resigned to losing some of their key players.
Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave AC Milan as a free agent in the next weeks. The decision has been made and it’s confirmed by Milan director Maldini: the goalkeeper will decide his next club soon.
Milan are gonna sign Mike Maignan from Lille as new GK for €13m fee. 🔴🇮🇹 #Milan
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 26, 2021
Goalkeeper Mike Maignan has already left the French club for AC Milan, while Boubackary Soumare has joined Leicester City in the Premier League.
Leicester are planning to announce new signings soon. Official bid made to sign Patson Daka from RB Salzburg. Leicester are close to complete the deal after opening talks for Edouard – real interest as @mcgrathmike reported. 🦊🔵 #LCFC
Soumaré deal done – will be official soon.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 17, 2021
Full-back Zeki Celik was also thought to have attracted interest from Arsenal.
Yazici out of the door?
And now it seems as though yet another Lille starter is potentially heading out of the door, with Milan thought to be mulling over a move for Yusuf Yazici, the Turkish midfielder.
📳👥AC Milan are interested in Yusuf Yazıcı, who won the title with Lille last season.
💰Lille wants a 25 million euro testimonial for Yusuf Yazici.
— Ekrem KONUR (@Ekremkonur) June 24, 2021
The Rossoneri are in need of a creative force after losing Yazici’s compatriot Hakan Calhanoglu on a free transfer to city-rivals Inter. The Lille man managed fourteen goals and five assists in 42 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, forming a good partnership with fellow Turk Burak Yilmaz.
However, the European Championships may have dented the 24-year-old’s value, with Turkey failing to impress despite a strong line up on paper.
It could well prove to be another astute signing for Milan however, who have already splashed 41 million pounds on Fikayo Tomori and Maignan, aiming to build on their strong second-placed finish in 2020/21.
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