Despite the customary plethora of talents departing Ligue 1 each transfer window, the majority of French clubs have moved well to replace the players that have left. However, despite the largely good business done by the clubs in le Championnat, there were a handful of questionable moves made this summer.
With French football, it is difficult to pre-judge the signings because the clubs have a knack of finding extremely good value on the transfer market. However, this often means gambling on players who have seen their careers stall or have fallen off the radar for one reason or another.
Paris Saint-Germain can still spend big when they want to, but they have had their hands tied by UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) and must consider each move carefully before they make it. However, the rest of Ligue 1—AS Monaco now included—must search for the best available talent at a reasonable price and this produces some surprise moves now and then.
Here are five contenders to be the worst Ligue 1 signings from the 2014 summer transfer window.