Five Ligue 1 transfer prospects
When you take PSG out of the mix, the French league is unquestionably the weakest of the top five. That doesn’t mean there isn’t talent elsewhere in the division though; it just tends to get snapped up pretty quickly. Here we give you some insight in the shape of five of the best players in Ligue 1.
Number 5. Ibrahim Sangare, £0.97
Sangare arrived in France from his native Ivory Coast – where he now plays his international football – in 2016. He’s been with Toulouse ever since where he’s gradually established himself as a mainstay in the centre of midfield. Sangare has drawn comparisons to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante but it looks like he’ll be powerless to stop Toulouse dropping out of Ligue 1. If the season does end in relegation then it won’t be long until Sangare, who once won dividends as the best game day player, is back at the top table. It could be with the very elite too given Barcelona have been linked previously.
Number 4. Boubakary Soumare, £1.92
Soumare walked out on a contract offer from PSG at just 17 and instead opted to sign for Lille. Since then he has blossomed into a hugely promising talent. Although he plays in a deeper midfield role, his first thought is always to play forwards and he possesses a great range of passing. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is a huge admirer but looks like getting gazumped in any deal but their prospective takeover – and a guarantee of regular football – gives them a chance of pulling him to the Premier League.
Number 3. Eduardo Camavinga, £3.19
Rennes’ French under 21 holding midfielder Camavinga is one of Ligue 1’s most promising teenagers having featured regularly since breaking into the first team at the back end of last season. He’s quick across the ground, looks to drive forward at every opportunity and can spray the ball around too. With two PB scores breaking the 150 mark in his last five games he’s not too shabby on that front either. Now the 17 year old has caught the eye of Real Madrid but Julien Stephan – his manager at Rennes – is keen for him to continue his education in France for another year. Will he? We don’t know but he’s destined for big things sooner rather than later.
Number 2. Victor Osimhen, £2.74
Osimhen only signed for Lille in August 2019 after bagging 20 in 36 for Belgian Jupiler Pro side Charleroi. His strength, pace and composure in front of goal has seen him continue scoring in Ligue 1. His PB average of 58 isn’t all that impressive but he has ranked as the top forward on one occasion. During this season he’s hit 18 goals – two in the Champions League – and laid on six assists in 38 games. That form has put bigger clubs on red alert. Man United are believed to lead the way with Osimhen’s fellow countryman Odion Ighalo acting as an intermediary.
Number 1. Rayan Cherki, £4.01
You might wonder what a player with just 139 minutes of Ligue 1 football under his belt is doing top of our list. Lyon’s Cherki is a very special talent though. He’s yet to break his Ligue 1 scoring duck but has three goals and two assists in three Coupe de France games. That proves he has what it takes to influence games as well as just excite in them. At 16, he already has a Champions League appearance to his name and has suitors all across Europe too. Cherki is pacey, nimble footed and will be running defenders ragged for years to come but will he stay in France long enough to become one of the best players in Ligue 1?
There you have it, five of the best players in Ligue 1. All of whom may well be plying their trade elsewhere when next season comes around.