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Saint-Étienne in L2… business to grab for OM?

A historic league 1 club, Saint-Étienne will be in Ligue 2 BKT next season. A terrible disappointment for all Saint-Etienne supporters but which could benefit others. At the heart of this failed season, some ASSE players have distinguished themselves and will not necessarily have the desire to continue their career in the second division. ASSE could suffer a loss of its best players. At FCM, we take a quick look at the players likely to be good moves for OM.

It’s a real thunderclap for Ligue 1. 2 of the most historic and successful clubs in France, ASSE and Girondins de Bordeaux will descend to Ligue 2 BKT after disastrous seasons. In a situation of sale from the start of the season after financial difficulties, the Forez club experienced a very complicated exercise between poor sporting performance and changes within the club; Called in distress to come and save the already relegated club, Pascal Dupraz will have failed in his quest to maintain. This does not mean that the Saint-Etienne workforce is not qualitative and some players have distinguished themselves despite a very difficult year. The latter could be tempted to look elsewhere, especially if the proposals flow.

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Gourna-Douath, Mahdi Camara, Denis Bouanga… Any good ideas?

Among the players likely to leave the club, we find for example Lucas Gourna-Douath. The 18-year-old defensive midfielder has already played 65 professional games and exudes astonishing strength and maturity. French international under 19 has been hampered this season by an injury but has a certain coast on the market. In order not to slow down his early progress, the young player could be tempted to continue his career in a Ligue 1 club. On the side of ASSE, we could let the nugget slip away for a nice sum. Transfermarket estimate him at 10 million euros and Pablo Longoria could monitor him following the departure of Boubacar Kamara.

If there is a player who has burst the screen among the greens, it is Mahdi Camara. The 23-year-old midfielder has proven himself this season in the Saint-Etienne team. With a contract that runs until 2024, it seems unlikely to see the player of Gambian origin complete a season in Ligue 2 BKT. Estimated at 6 million by Transfermarket, the native of Martigues will be attentive to the offers that will reach him. Marseille could be tempted by his combative and rough profile.

A departure is even more likely for Denis Bouanga. The 27-year-old winger is at a turning point in his career and it would be very surprising given his level to see him continue his career at ASSE. The center-forward has been one of the best players in the Saint-Étienne team since his arrival in 2019 and his departure also seems to have been confirmed. One year from the end of his contract and with a transfer estimate of 8 million, ASSE knows that this is the year or never to recover transfer compensation. JA good move for Longoria and Sampaoli who wants an additional winger?

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