5 Best Ligue 1 Signings from 2014 Summer Transfer Window
Every time the transfer window opens, French clubs prepare themselves for a mass exodus of talent. The last three months has been no different, but there has still been some excellent signings from Ligue 1 clubs in the 2014 summer transfer window.
Seven out of the top twenty goal scorers in Ligue 1 have left for pastures new. If you include the nine goals that Radamel Falcao scored in his 17 games for AS Monaco, it brings the total of goals leaving Ligue 1 to 99.
It is always a hard job to replace goals, especially when bringing in players from outside of France. You can never guarantee success.
Four out of the five best moves in Ligue 1 this summer were made between French teams. This is a strategy with a much lower level of risk, and one in which Ligue 1 sides can work within their reduced budgets.
Each of these signings will prove excellent additions to their new teams and personally they should benefit from developing their own game further.
Here are the 5 best Ligue 1 signings from 2014 summer transfer window.
Serge Aurier: Paris Saint-Germain
Laurent Blanc made an excellent move in recruiting right-back Serge Aurier this summer. The initial deal sees him join the capital club on loan from Toulouse and then Paris Saint-Germain will sign him permanently next season.
The structure of the deal is to help PSG work around the Financial Fair Play restrictions and helps Aurier take the next step in his career.
The Ivorian international had a very positive World Cup in Brazil and came away with an enhanced reputation. PSG reportedly fought off interest from Arsenal to win his signature, per Graeme Yorke of Daily Mail, and the French club now are stacked all across the back-line.
Aurier is quick; he has great attacking instincts, but never lets down his defensive duties. Strong in the air, has a great right-foot and reads the game extremely well. There is very little he can't do.
He will compete with Gregory van der Wiel for the right-back spot this season, a move that should see both players play at their consistent best as they push each other forward.
PSG are the big winners in this deal.
Wahbi Khazri: Girondins De Bordeaux
When Bordeaux handed former Bayern Munich defender and French under-21 coach, Willy Sagnol, the first-team coaching job, a change of attitude was needed at the club.
Not just off the pitch, but the style in which Les Girondins performed on it. Although they finished in the top half of the table, it wasn't easy to watch. Often dull and lifeless, but ultimately safe and effective.
The signing of Wahbi Khazri from Bastia gave Sagnol something different in his midfield. Khazri is not your normal No. 10 playmaker, he is better running off the ball, and making defences work hard when they have to track him. Then he then springs into action with a darting run or a shot from distance.
He does not follow in the footsteps of legendary Bordeaux playmaker, Zinedine Zidane, he is not quite a creator, he is a destroyer.
Already this season his performances has seen Bordeaux beat Monaco 4-1 at home and then Nice 3-1 away. If he continues in this vain, and helps Bordeaux with their excellent start, he could just be the best buy in the whole league.
Sebastien Corchia: Lille OSC
Sebastien Corchia must have been very happy to finally play his first competitive game for Lille. So happy in fact that he managed to score and set up one in Lille's 2-0 away win over Grasshoppers of Zurich in the Champions League qualifiers.
His relief would have come from the move to Lille that never happened last January, only for it to be cancelled by the organisation called the DNCG, who look after the finances of all Ligue 1 sides.
As reported by Patrick Haond of Sky Sports, Lille announced the deal before it had been sanctioned and Corchia had to return to his club FC Sochaux.
Now Lille has their man, and the versatility he brings down the right flank is going to be crucial for Lille this season. Comfortable at both right-back and right-wing, he follows a strong Lille tradition of having attacking full-backs.
Signed for just over £1.5 million, he just could be one of the bargains of the summer.
Jordan Ayew: FC Lorient
Marseille's Jordan Ayew spent the second half of last season on loan at FC Sochaux. He scored 5 goals in 17 appearances and nearly helped les Lionceaux avoid relegation.
They fell at the final hurdle, losing 3-0 to Evian on the final day, which was as close to a winner takes all game as you will get in a league setup.
This summer the interest in Ayew was high and it was business savvy FC Lorient that won his signature. Now with Vincent Aboubakar and Jeremie Aliadiere having moved on, the pressure is on Ayew to become the new goal hero at Lorient.
The plan will be to get the best out of the 22-year-old and then hope to sell him on in a couple of years for a profit. Ayew himself seems happy to be at the Breton club.
He told BBC Sport:
This is the perfect place for me, and I am really looking forward to joining the squad and continue in this competitive championship [Ligue 1].
All I want to do is give my best to the club and hopefully it will be a successful time for everyone associated with the team.
It's a move that suits all parties and now it is up to Ayew to reward Lorient's faith.
Doria: Olympique De Marseille
It was critical that Marseille finished transfer deadline day with a new centre-back and luckily for new Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa, he got his man.
The 19-year-old is very highly regarded and those who have watched him believe he will go on to be an international footballer.
@Gibney_A He's very, very good. Tall and imposing but also really comfortable on the ball. Future Brazil regular.— Jack Lang (@snap_kaka_pop) September 1, 2014
Marseille were in desperate need for a centre-back, and it seems that in Doria, OM has pulled out a wonderful late move, one that could see them benefit for a very long time.
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