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Plea would have chosen Nice, Briand finds a job, two L1 clubs on a fallen nugget from OM

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OGC Nice: the Gym misses out on Alex Telles…

It was in the works, it’s now official! Alex Telles (Manchester United, 29) will not bounce back in Nice. The Brazilian defender has signed up for a season loan to Sevilla FC. The Andalusian club will cover € 2 million of the former FC Porto player’s salary according to Fabrizio Romano.

… But is on pole for Alassane Pléa

One year from the end of his contract at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Alassane Pléa (29) would have made his choice. If he has some juicy offers from England, the French international would like to return to OGC Nice. According to Le 10 Sport, Pléa would like to work again with Lucien Favre, of which he is one of the priorities. It remains to be seen whether the Gym, which will recruit the Belgian Amuzu (Anderlecht), will opt for him rather than his teammate Marcus Thuram, Favre’s other favorite?

Girondins: Jimmy Briand finds a job

Left free by the Girondins de Bordeaux, Jimmy Briand (37) has, it seems, decided to hang up his crampons. As revealed by L’Equipe, the striker passed by Rennes, Lyon or even Guingamp accepted a position as a man on the edge of the field for Prime Video. He thus joins the team of the main broadcaster of the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 championships and will be accompanied by another recruit of choice: Christophe Pelissier, the former coach of FC Lorient.

… Alberth Elis calls for his departure then retracts…

Author of nine goals in Ligue 1 last year and permanently transferred from Boavista, Alberth Elis does not intend to make old bones in Bordeaux as he confided to a Honduran media relayed by Foot Mercato: “Now is the time to find a new club and to see what happens these days despite the fact that I have a long contract since they bought me for four years”. On Twitter, the striker returned to his remarks, pleading the translation error: “If I have to continue in the club and fight to return to Ligue 1, I will. I hope to play the next game or the next”.

… And Lys Mousset turns away from Bordeaux

As one of the players at the end of the contract desired by the Girondins de Bordeaux, Lys Mousset (26) did not want to wait any longer for Gérard Lopez to find solutions to register his new players. The former Sheffield United player would have chosen to join the Germans from Bochum according to Sky Sport Italia. Arrived yesterday for his medical examination, he must sign a two-year contract today…

Auxerre recovers an MLS midfielder …

Leaving ESTAC to join MLS and the Los Angeles club a year ago, Rayan Raveloson (midfielder, 25) returned to France. He signed on Thursday evening for three seasons (+1 optional) with AJ Auxerre, promoted to Ligue 1.

… And targets two players including an ex from RC Strasbourg

Very lively, the Burgundy club would be very close to finalizing the arrival of Ambroise Oyongo (ex-Montpellier, 31 years old) according to L’Yonne Républicaine. Passed by RC Strasbourg, SM Caen or even VAFC, Nuno Da Costa (Nottingham Forest, 31) should also join AJA according to L’Equipe. The Cape Verdean would have agreed on a two-year contract, plus an optional year.

Two L1 clubs on Bilal Boutobba (ex-OM)

Elevated to the rank of nugget on his debut at OM under Marcelo Bielsa, Bilal Boutobba struggled to confirm then. Whether on the Canebière where the departure of El Loco was fatal to him or in Montpellier in his next club. Relaunched on the side of Niort (L2) and now 23 years old, Boutobba comes out of two full seasons in Deux-Sèvres. Seasons which have allowed him to regain the rating in Ligue 1 since, according to Le 10 Sport, SCO Angers and AJ Auxerre are considering recruiting him one year from the end of his contract (2023).

MHSC: Savanier confirms Nice’s approach and validates the Mercato Héraultais!

Captain of the MHSC, Téji Savanier confided in the Midi Libre. Confirming to have had contact with Nice before its extension (“I had great offers, yes. With Nice, there was contact, yes”), the former Nîmes is thrilled by the Mercato Héraultais: “We had lots of starts last season. It was very important to recruit well and the club did it well I believe, with intelligent and very good players”. Savanier is notably a big fan of Wahbi Khazri: “Wahbi stinks of football. He is a very good player and, outside, we are often together. It is very important in a group to live well together. And we brought in some good guys.”

Stade de Reims: a mini Rajkovic has signed

Transferred from Reims to Mallorca last month, Predrag Rajkovic holds his successor in Champagne. If the position of number 1 will be occupied this season by the Austrian international Patrick Pentz (25 years old) with Yehvann Diouf in lining, Reims has also finalized the arrival of a Serbian doorman: Ognjen Lukic (19 years old) arrived from FK Radnicki Kragujevac and who will initially join the Pro 2 group.

Troyes: another six recruits in addition to Ugbo?

Executive President of ESTAC, Aymeric Magne spoke about the Mercato aubois during a press briefing on Thursday. Assuring that there would be no other major departure in the workforce, the person concerned confirmed the desire to be active at the end, by bringing in five to seven players:

“The supporters may think that we take time to recruit, on the other hand we do not want to be mistaken. Last season, we were wrong about some players, whether with Gerson (Rodrigues) or Philippe Sandler, both in terms of ability as a football player but also in state of mind. We want to make the right choices.”

Canadian center-forward Iké Ugbo (Genk) signed last night, so there are only six recruitment tickets left…

Toulouse FC: Comolli aims for three more reinforcements

If Toulouse FC has already led a varied and ambitious Mercato for its return to Ligue 1, Damien Comolli has not finished shopping. According to the site Les Violets, Damien Comolli, the Haut-Garonne president still targets a central defender, a right side and a midfielder (Rassoul Ndiaye from Sochaux?). Regarding the three sensitive files of the executives of the climb (Spierings, van den Boomen, Healey), Téfécé will try to extend the maximum by August 31. The three players are out of contract in 2023 and the English striker now seems the most tempted by a departure.

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