Romain Perraud in England to complete Southampton move

Foot Mercato report that French left-back Romain Perraud has arrived in England in recent hours to undergo a medical with Southampton ahead of a transfer from Ligue 1 side Brest.

The deal is expected to cost the Saints around €12m excluding bonuses – the player had interest from Leeds United, but the Whites ultimately focused on separate targets.

Perraud, 23, is expected to sign a long-term contract with the Saints. 

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Nantes negotiating with Nîmes for Renaud Ripart

Ligue 1 side Nantes are locked in intense negotiations with Nîmes for French Swiss Army Knife Renaud Ripart, who can play as a forward, winger, midfielder or full-back.

Ripart, 28, has been the subject of a €2m bid by Les Canaris, with manager Antoine Kombouaré dead-set on signing the Frenchman. 

Les Crocos are claiming to want €3m, according to 20 Minutes, but would sell at €2.5m, according to Mohamed Toubache-TER.

At the moment, Nîmes are not even responding to Nantes, which is blocking negotiations from advancing any further.

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Juventus sign Abdoulaye Dabo from Nantes for €500k

20 Minutes and Foot Mercato report that Serie A side Juventus have concluded an agreement to sign 20-year-old midfielder Abdoulaye Dabo from FC Nantes for €500k – Dabo will sign a 3-year contract with the Italian giants.

Dabo spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan with Juventus, who initially did not want to activate their option to buy the player, which is believed to have stood at €1.5m.

They were however willing to negotiate the fee down, which they have done successfully.

Dabo produced 2 assists in 16 matches for the Juventus U23s last season.

Dabo is the youngest player to ever sign a professional contract with Nantes, having done so at the age of 16.

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AC Milan in advanced talks to sign Fodé Ballo-Touré

RMC Sport report that Italian side AC Milan are in advanced negotiations to sign Senegalese left-back Fodé Ballo-Touré from AS Monaco.

The 24-year-old played second fiddle to Caio Henrique for the majority of the 2020/21 campaign and the talks come as a surprise.

ASM have already lined up Ballo-Touré’s replacement in the form of Ismail Jakobs, who is expected to join from Köln for around €6.5m.

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Official | Marseille have signed Luan Peres from Santos

Ligue 1 side Marseille on Wednesday confirmed the signing of 26-year-old Brazilian central defender Luan Peres from Santos in a deal that is expected to cost OM €4.5m – it is a permanent deal.

Peres has signed a 4-year contract with OM. The left-sided defender can also play at left-back. Peres becomes the second Brazilian signing this summer, after the signing of Gerson from Flamengo for €20m.

They join Luis Henrique, who arrived last season for €8m from Botafogo.

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Flamengo make loan request to Lyon for Thiago Mendes

Globoesporte report that Brazilian giants Flamengo have identified Lyon defensive midfielder Thiago Mendes as their priority target to replace Gerson, who joined Ligue 1 side Marseille for €20m earlier this summer.

Sporting Director Juninho several weeks ago had the following to say on initial interest from the Brazilian outfit: “There has not been any contact with Lyon, maybe they have spoken with his agent. In any case, we have no interest in loaning him.”

Globo claim that Flamengo have now made an official loan offer to Lyon – under contract with OL until 2024, Mendes is said to have indicated his desire to make the move – his agent is currently in contact with Juninho. Flamengo have confirmed that they are trying but are pessimistic about achieving a loan with Lyon, further making it clear that they would not be making a permanent bid offer at this stage.

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Rennes’ transfer window continues to intensify with interest in Maouassa, Boey and Léa Siliki

After Rennes’ sizable additions of Lens defender Loïc Badé (21) and forward Kamaldeen Sulemana (19) of FC Nordsjaelland this summer, the Breton club could see a number of players leave Roazhon park in the coming weeks.

Le Parisien report Borussia Mönchengladbach had enquired as to the availability of left sided player Faitout Maouassa (23) but nothing concrete has emerged as yet. Celtic’s interest in full-back Sacha Boey (20), meanwhile, has stalled but other clubs remain keen while an agreement has yet to be found with Brest for midfielder James Léa Siliki (25). An offer from an Italian club for centre-back Nayef Aguerd (25) was also refused.

One incoming move set to be completed is that of Nimes and Norway left-back Birger Meling (26), with only a medical left to finalise as Bruno Génésio’s squad continues to take shape ahead of his first full season in charge as his Rennes side become France’s first Europa Conference representatives.

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West Ham restart talks with Marseille’s Ćaleta-Car as Zouma remains priority

West Ham United have re-initiated contacts with Marseille defender Duje Ćaleta-Car, although Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma appears to remain the Hammers’ priority in defence, according to sources contacted by Get French Football News.

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Although talks have restarted with the centre-back, the Premier League side are yet to start talks with his club, with no bids coming in as of yet.

The 24-year-old Croatia international has been with the Ligue 1 side for the last three seasons, after initially arriving from Salzburg, and notably appeared in his country’s runner-up finish at the 2018 World Cup.

Marseille president Longoria confirms negotiations underway for full-backs Lirola and Wass

Over the course of this afternoon’s unveiling of new signings Cengiz Ünder and Luan Peres, president Pablo Longoria notably discussed Marseille’s current transfer dealings and potential arrivals.

The press conference, transcribed in RMC Sport, notably saw Longoria give updates on the club’s pursuit of fullbacks Pol Lirola – who already spent last season on loan with Marseille, from Fiorentina – and Valencia’s Daniel Wass. 

On negotiations for Pol Lirola

“For Pol, negotiations are underway with Fiorentina. In this market, things move along slowly for certain players. As always in a negotiation, you have to get to the point where everyone is happy.”

On Marseille’s pursuit of Daniel Wass

“We have a lot of respect for this player, who I know from my time at Valencia. There is an interest which we have made the player and Valencia aware of, but negotiations are difficult. Wass has just one year left on his contract, Valencia tried to extend it. We have to operate in respect of all the parties, not least one that I know well. Let’s wait and see what the possibilities are.”


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Amine Gouiri will play as a centre-forward, not left-winger this season

Speaking in an interview with Le Dauphiné Libéré, OGC Nice attacker Amine Gouiri (21) confirmed that he has been told by manager Christophe Galtier that he will be playing as a centre-forward, rather than as a left-winger, this season.

“He confirmed to me that I will be playing centrally this season, which is encouraging because that is my preferred role.”

On staying at OGC Nice:

The most important thing is that for the first time in my career, last year, I was able to play matches consistently. I do not forget that it was my first real season in Ligue 1. I improved, but there are still a lot of aspects of my game to improve and I also want to work on my strong points.

On France:

Certainly Les Bleus are in the corner of my mind. It is up to me to continue to work, put everything into it to achieve it, because sometimes things can go quickly. There is serious competition for the positions up top, but maybe my versatility will help me in the future.

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