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Victor Osimhen & the biggest Ligue 1 transfers of the summer

9:53 PM SGT 3/9/19
Lille's Victor Osimhen
Who were the biggest transfers in and out of French football during the window?

  • Adam Ounas Napoli

    #8 Adam Ounas: Napoli to Nice

    One of a swathe of new arrivals at Nice following the club’s late-window change in ownership, Ounas has experience in Ligue 1 after starring for Bordeaux.

    He didn’t always appear a natural fit in Naples, but his enduring qualities—pace, technique and finishing ability—were evident during Algeria’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations title.

    Nice have the option to buy Ounas permanently during his loan deal.

  • Victor Osimhen

    #7 Victor Osimhen: Charleroi to LOSC Lille

    The Nigeria wonderkid arrived at Lille as a replacement for Rafael Leao, who was recruited by AC Milan, and is already looking like a smart arrival for Les Dogues.

    He’s already scored four in four in Ligue 1, having adapted seamlessly to life at a higher level.

  • Jules Kounde Sevilla

    #6 Jules Kounde: Bordeaux to Sevilla

    The Franco-Beninois centre-back had impressed at Bordeaux after coming through the ranks at the club.

    His sale has recouped €25 million for Les Girondins, and he has the potential to become one of the finest African central defenders of his generation.

  • William Saliba Saint-Etienne 2018-19

    #5 William Saliba: Saint-Etienne to Arsenal

    One for the future, the Gunners parted with €30 million to recruit the 18-year-old wonderkid.

    Saliba, who plays for France at U-20 level but remains eligible for Cameroon, was a revelation in Ligue 1 for ASSE last term, and will continue to develop in Ligue 1 this season.

  • Ismaila Sarr - Watford 2019-20

    #4 Ismaila Sarr: Stade Rennais to Watford

    One of several Senegalese players on this list, the lightning winger eventually departed France, but rather than the heavyweight suitors who had been linked to his signature, he ended up putting pen to paper with the Hornets.

    At €30 million, has the potential to be one of the coups of the summer.

  • Abdou Diallo Borussia Dortmund 2019-20

    #3 Abdou Diallo: Borussia Dortmund to Paris Saint-Germain

    Another player recruited by €32 million by PSG, the centre-back is the captain of France’s youth teams, having refined his game in the Bundesliga with Dortmund.

    The former AS Monaco man could be the future of the capital club’s backline, and while he remains eligible for Senegal, he appears likely to make the step up to the Bleus senior side soon.

  • PSG new signing Idrissa Gueye

    #2 Idrissa Gueye: Everton to Paris Saint-Germain

    After a fine Afcon, the central midfielder got his dream move away from Goodison Park to sign for the French champions.

    €32 million could prove to be a bargain for one of the finest defensive midfielders in the game, and Gana has already impressed in his first two PSG outings.

  • Nicolas Pepe Arsenal Liverpool 240819

    #1 Nicolas Pepe: Lille to Arsenal

    The Gunners parted with £72 million to sign the Cote d’Ivoire wideman, who’s made a strong early impact in the Premier League.

    So far, his speed and fancy footwork have caught the eye, although having scored 22 goals and contributed 11 assists in France last term, expect Pepe to begin adding an end product to his game in the Premier League.