Official: Antonetti in Metz, it’s over
Frédéric Antonetti is no longer the coach of FC Metz. The Lorraine club announces the end of the collaboration with the coach who arrived in 2018 when the Garnets were in Ligue 2. Antonetti brought the club up to the top flight a year later. But he could not avoid relegation at the end of this season. “FC Metz would like to thank Frédéric Antonetti for his common years and wishes him the best for the rest of his career”, indicates a press release.
Barça: a meeting with Jorge Mendes for Bernardo Silva
Very used this season by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Bernardo Silva pleases Barça. According to information from Fabrizio Romano, the Catalan club spoke at length with the agent of the Portuguese midfielder, the famous Jorge Mendes, this Wednesday.
If Xavi greatly appreciates the profile of Bernardo Silva, this transfer seems for the moment beyond the economic possibilities of Barça. The Blaugrana club could only try their luck with Manchester City to recruit him if Frenkie de Jong left Catalonia during the summer transfer window.
Liverpool: the Reds would have gone on the attack for Nunez
Very prominent this season with Benfica, Darwin Nunez has been the subject of a huge offer from Liverpool according to information published in the Portuguese press. Author of 34 goals in 41 appearances during the 2021-2022 season, the Uruguayan striker could quickly land in the Premier League.
Newspapers In Bola and Oh Jogo assure that Liverpool are close to concluding a deal with Benfica for the 22-year-old player and have already made a second proposal which is being studied by the Lisbon leaders. An operation estimated at nearly 100 million euros (80M€ + 20M€ in the form of bonuses) a record amount for Liverpool who could close the deal by the end of the week. A contract until 2027 would await Darwin Nunez at the Reds.
Leverkusen: Diaby not for sale this summer
Author of a season of high quality with Leverkusen, Moussa Diaby arouses many desires in Europe as the summer transfer window approaches. Tracked in particular in the Premier League, the French winger is untransferable if we trust the words of his sporting director Simon Rolfes.
“It is a certainty, we want to keep Moussa Diaby as long as possible, estimated the German leader of an interview granted to the Daily Express. I know a lot of scouts sat in our stands during our games because we have a lot of young players with great potential.”
Bordeaux exercises option to buy Albert Elis
Arrived in the summer of 2021 in Gironde in the form of a loan with option to buy from Boavista, Alberth Elis will continue his adventure with Bordeaux, relegated to Ligue 2. This season, in all competitions, he has scored nine goals and delivered an assist in 21 games.
Bordeaux: five official departures
Relegated to Ligue 2 at the end of the past season, the Girondins de Bordeaux will experience a major overhaul of their workforce. After Benoît Costil, the Bordeaux club confirmed the departure of five players this Thursday. Loaned to Bordeaux in 2021-2022, Yacine Adli as well as Javairô Dilrosun, Timothée Pembélé, Josuha Guilavogui and Gideon Mensah each return to their original club.
“The club wishes them the best for the rest of their careers,” wrote the Girondins when saying goodbye.
Liverpool officially announce the departure of Origi
As expected, the Belgian Divock Origi, at the end of the contract, will leave Liverpool. “Divock Origi will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June. Thank you for an incredible eight years of service and leaving us with so many special memories. Liverpool legend Origi,” the Reds said on social media.
OL: pressure from Aulas to Cherki
Under contract until June 2023, Rayan Cherki has not yet extended with OL. On the sidelines of Alexandre Lacazette’s presentation, Jean-Michel Aulas sent a fairly clear message to the young Rhone hopeful.
“We saw him with Vincent (Ponsot) and Bruno (Cheyrou) and his whole family. I saw him face to face, eye to eye, Jean-Michel Aulas told the press. Rayan Cherki , I saw him eye to eye I think he will commit too because I trust him and I don’t think his advisers will go against it But it’s a personal opinion and he m has already happened to be denied.”
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Saint-Etienne offered a contract to Dylan Chambost (Troyes)
Trained at AS Saint-Etienne, Dylan Chambost could return there next season. It is the wish of the management of the Greens who have started negotiations with the Trojan attacking midfielder, at the end of the contract on June 30.
ASSE is not alone on the file, Serie B clubs in Italy, Spain and Germany have shown more or less concrete interest in recent weeks. The 24-year-old Frenchman, who has played 20 games for Troyes this season, wants to take his time and consider all his options before making a choice.
Lacazette and OL are pushing for a return from Tolisso
Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed Thursday that OL have made contact with Corentin Tolisso for a return to his training club. Taking advantage of the presentation of Alexandre Lacazette, the Lyon president wants to believe it. And that’s good, “General Lacazette” plays intermediaries with the midfielder whose contract ends with Bayern.
“He’s a free player so I think the club could look into it, confided Alexandre Lacazette to journalists. I don’t know if he has other offers. I’m pushing for him to come but I let the president (Jean-Michel Aulas, editor’s note) manage the contractual side.”
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Valencia formalizes the arrival of Gattuso
Valencia formalized the arrival of Gennaro Gattuso on the bench for the next two seasons. The Italian coach had been without a club since the end of his adventure in Naples in May 2021. He signed up with Fiorentina a few days later before slamming the door amid disagreement.
OL formalize Lacazette’s return
Olympique Lyonnais formalized, this Thursday morning, the great return of Alexandre Lacazette (31 years old). The striker signed for three years with his training club, which he finds five after his departure for Arsenal. He arrives free after the end of his contract.
Newcastle formalizes its first signing of the summer (and also a departure)
With the financial reserves of its Saudi owners, Newcastle does not lack ambition during the summer transfer window. Loaned to the Magpies in January, the side Matt Targett was transferred definitively this Wednesday. The English side arrives from Aston Villa for a transfer fee estimated at around 17.5 million euros according to the English media. Newcastle formalized his signing via a press release.
I am absolutely delighted to sign a four-year contract with this club, said Matt Targett. For me it was an easy decision to make the loan permanent after the welcome I got from my fellow players, staff, supporters and owners, so I’m really happy to be here.”
Newcastle has also confirmed the departure of Isaac Hayden on loan to Norwich (D2) for the 2022-2023 season.
INFO RMC SPORT – OM: Longoria appreciates Veretout, Sampaoli dreams of Danilo … the tracks after Kamara
According to information from RMC Sport, there are two names that stand out for the post-Kamara period, but with players who will not necessarily have a similar profile to the future Aston Villa player. Ideally, Jorge Sampaoli believes that this position should also be used by a player capable of breaking lines, of being very technical, of having a game vision.
In this quest for a new environment, Pablo Longoria has targeted Jordan Veretout, whom he greatly appreciates. The French international is estimated at around fifteen million euros but he could not be blocked by AS Roma, José Mourinho having played him much less at the end of the season.
Sampaoli dreams of Danilo, who plays for Palmeiras. He is a young left-handed midfielder, aged 21, who has had a great season in Brazil. Problem, Palmeiras seems to want to keep it and close the door.
Mandanda interests Rennes, but pessimism reigns
Stade Rennais, which is thinking of parting with its titular goalkeeper Alfred Gomis, is considering recruiting Steve Mandanda, as revealed by L’Équipe and according to information from RMC Sport. But the matter is far from simple: Mandanda is rather inclined to stay in Marseille; Gomis has a large contract which does not facilitate a possible departure.
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PSG: Emmanuel Macron would welcome the signing of Zidane
The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron spoke exclusively at the microphone of RMC Sport. The Head of State, although an OM fan, admitted that signing Zinedine Zidane to PSG would be a “tremendous” thing for Ligue 1 and the influence of French football.
“I haven’t spoken to Zinédine Zidane, but I have immense admiration for him, the player, the coach, said Emmanuel Macron. We really want to have, in the French championship, an athlete and coach of this talent who has been able to bring back three major cups that we covet a lot for our clubs.”
>> Emmanuel Macron’s praise for Zidane and his potential arrival in L1, it’s on RMC Sport.
Sassuolo: Maxime Lopez tells how Liverpool tried to recruit him
Passing through theAfter Foot on RMC, Maxime Lopez told how his career could have taken a completely different turn during his formative years. The midfielder revealed to OM and now fulfilled for two years in Sassuolo in Serie A thus revealed behind the scenes of his trial in Liverpool when Brendan Rodgers was the coach (between 2012 and 2015).
“In Liverpool, they know how to inspire young people. I understand that young people decide to go abroad because they know how to do it, explained the 24-year-old French midfielder. I had met Steven Gerrard. I had been see the derby. You have stars in your eyes when you come home.”
>> The anecdote of Maxime Lopez on his trip to Liverpool, it is here
Rennes: Genesio wants to continue
Special guest of the show Rothen ignites, Bruno Genesio confided in his future. The Stade Rennais coach was quite firm: there was no question of leaving the Breton club during the off-season. The technician has even failed suitors and wants to extend to Rennes.
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In cold weather with the management of Bayern, Robert Lewandowski continues to speak in the media to express his desires to leave. But Hasan Salihamidzic, sporting director of the Bavarian club, does not seem ready to let go of the Polish striker one year from the end of his contract during the summer transfer window.
Ditto for Liverpool with the Sadio Mané case. Also free in June 2023, the winger wants to leave the Reds to join … Bayern Munich. But according to several English media, the management of Liverpool has already refused two Munich approaches for its star. The recent Champions League finalist does not want to let a part of his team go cheaply. At the end of the contract in Montpellier, Florent Mollet signed freely with Schalke 04, promoted to the Bundesliga while Jonathan Clauss had contact with Atlético de Madrid. On the arrivals side, Ligue 1 could well see Interist Milan Skriniar sign in France. And for good reason, PSG is interested in the Slovak central defender whose contract with Inter Milan will end in 2023.