The end of the season and the summer transfer window are approaching for LOSC. With about ten departures and arrivals planned, it’s a promising period for Mastiffs. But what is the current situation? Here is a very specific spot suggested by Le Petit Lillois.
This mercato point completes the first inventory that took place a few weeks ago, with only a few players mentioned. As a reminder, all information comes from our sources, except when a media is named.
Knight or Jardim? A trend emerges
This is no surprise to anyone. Losing his spot after his defeat against Paris Saint-Germain, Ivo Grbic will not be retained by LOSC at the end of the season. The Croatian goalkeeper on loan from Atletico Madrid will return to Spain this summer and Lille leaders will save 7m euros by not activating the buy option. Despite a rough start to the season and four months of injury, Léo Jardim managed to establish himself in LOSC’s goals, at least until the end of the season. As a matter of fact, the Brazilian goalkeeper will compete with Lucas Chevalier during the summer preparations. Trained at LOSC, the young Dogue impressed Valenciennes FC. A first season beyond expectations in the professional world. So much so that Lille leaders are seriously considering leaving him the key to Lille’s goals for next season. A decision that will belong to the 2022-2023 technical staff and will lead to an irreversible event: if Léo Jardim continues, Lucas Chevalier will be hired again, and if vice versa, Léo Jardim will be looking for a new challenge. , three years after his arrival. Finally, Adam Jakubech, who could not convince in KV Kortrijk in the 2020-2021 season, is moving towards the new season in Lille as number 2 unless a club knocks on the door with an interesting project for the international Slovak. His contract expires in 2025. As for Orestis Karnezis, the Greek goalkeeper plans to honor his last contract at LOSC. Despite the club’s offer of termination last summer, the two sides failed to reach an agreement and the former SSC Napoli player was relegated to fourth baseman, staying on the team’s bench.
Towards a cast iron hinge – Djalo
Right-back Jérémy Pied will leave – at the end of his contract – at the end of the season and will be replaced by Akim Zedadka (Clermont Foot 63). The latter will sign a 3-year contract in favor of the Mastiffs on July 1, at the end of his contract with the Auvergnats. On the other hand, Zeki Çelik’s situation will be followed this summer vacation. At the end of the contract in 2023, the Turkish international should no longer be dragged in the North and LOSC does not want to lose an element for free. After two years of delayed departure, the right side should move towards other horizons this year. LOSC is considering replacing it and the profile has already been reviewed. There will be a young hope coming to compete with Akim Zedadka.
In the central defense, the departure of Sven Botman was recorded. Olivier Letang, who has been intensely courting this winter, has kept her away for as long as possible, but that will no longer be possible. AC Milan (Italy) are holding the strings for a signing pretty early this summer, but Newcastle United FC (England), which has yet to announce their goals for this summer, may also be back in the job. It is an exit that should exceed 25m euros and LOSC plans to replace it, several profiles are under review and also depends on José Fonte’s future. Indeed, the latter is in a complicated situation. if string Amazon Prime went a long way in saying the one-year extension is on the right track, that’s not certain at the moment. His performance and leadership this season convinced LOSC to renew their confidence for another season, but the Lille captain has yet to extend it for various reasons. Sporting uncertainty forces the leaders and the player to score a new point at the end of the season, and family distance is a parameter to consider for the 38-year-old defender. As a reminder, the Portuguese international spoke about his desire to be closer to his family at the microphone of France Bleu Nord this winter. It’s a problem that a club that’s trying to find a solution is taking seriously. In the event of a dispute between the two sides, the club plans a substantial investment to replace him, but the main target remains the Fonte – Djalo hinge next season.
Coming to the left, Gabriel Gudmundsson need not move. As for Domagoj Bradaric, the 22-year-old Croatian defender turned several clubs down to try and win in Lille last summer and this winter. His condition has not improved despite a few minutes spent in the second half of the season, suggesting he will be leaving this summer to try to return to another club.
Onana, André and beyond?
In terms of defensive midfielders, LOSC is counting on Amadou Onana for next season. The club also wants to keep Benjamin André at the end of his contract in 2023. The 31-year-old midfielder is entering a very important year for his future and he is not closing any doors. Still, in a situation where LOSC is poised to lose two of their four midfielders, the focus will be on retaining the team’s second captain this summer. At the end of his contract this summer, Xeka is looking for a new challenge, there is talk of his return to his country but the Portuguese midfielder is not closing any doors and will decide at the end of the season. In LOSC, reflection is still in place to replace it. It is not excluded that the solution comes from education (see below), but the club is also observing opportunities in the market. Finally, the Renato Sanches case will be followed this summer. The Portuguese, who nearly joined FC Barcelona last summer, has an exit voucher to activate this year. His manager, Jorge Mendes, is increasing his contacts with various clubs and according to the latest news, AC Milan is the club that is most interested. However, according to some Italian media, salary demands of 24-year-old middles are very tough. For his part, LOSC is preparing after Renato Sanches and is looking to find a midfielder who already has some history. The name Mady Camara (Olympiakos Piraeus, Greece) keeps popping up inside, but the ups and downs of recent months – probably due to the interest of several clubs – could chill LOSC’s concrete approach.
Instability to be resolved among attackers
On the offensive side, Edon Zhegrova, arriving at LOSC this winter, will be part of the LOSC version 2022-2023. Timothy Weah and Angel Gomes, who blocked a comeback in the summer, are also in the papers for the next season. In fact, both players did not fully express their potential and the club is aware of this. At the end of his contract in 2023, Isaac Lihadji failed to win at Lille and a decision will be made soon. What should we do ? Extend, then lend, or extend, then hold or sell? His case will be watched closely this summer, but the 20-year-old winger has not had the expected playing time this year. Finally, regarding Jonathan Bamba, the left winger is also at the end of his contract in 2023. He doesn’t want to lose his LOSC element for free but the player’s future will depend above all on the interests of other clubs this summer. few months later. In the event that one of the offensive elements leaves, this number will be changed numerically. Many names appeared in the press, but this sector is not a priority without degreasing.
Is the goal a great striker?
The first player mentioned is not necessarily the one that comes to mind, but Hatem Ben Arfa will definitely not be from Lille next season. The same goes for Burak Yılmaz, who is interested in Serie A (Italy), MLS (United States) and Süper Lig (Turkey). To replace the Turkish national team, LOSC is looking to recruit another experienced player without any contract. Plan A is indeed RC Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque. Contacts with the club and the player have been going on for several weeks. It is no accident that his name appeared in the press from a source in Strasbourg. Indeed, the 28-year-old striker is interested in LOSC, and the management has tried to move forward in the submarine to avoid competition from other clubs and perhaps an unattainable advantage. Right now the club is confident but the transfer window hasn’t opened yet and RCSA hasn’t had the final word. For Jonathan David, the situation remains complex. If his manager announced his final departure last winter, the situation is no longer so certain. LOSC doesn’t want to sell their player and doesn’t rule out keeping him for another season after missing the last six months. The situation will also depend on the approach of other clubs.
Expected movement in the squad
Many departures are expected this summer in terms of technical staff. As announced for several weeks, uncertainty has been swirling around the future of Jocleyn Gourvennec, as well as his deputy Kevin Plantet. Indeed, Olivier Létang is gearing up for next season and is observing the coaching market that has greatly weakened the future of the current technician. Information has also been confirmed on Tuesday, since two names concerning LOSC were announced in the press: Laurent Batlles (RMC Sport) and especially David Bettoni (L’Equipe), former assistant to Zinédine Zidane. For the latter, there was talk of the beginning of contacts and was immediately rejected by the two clans. It’s a logical reaction that the former Girondins tech is on duty at least until the end of the season.
This season’s number one assistant, Jorge Maciel, has not extended his contract, which expires this summer. This is not the case for the tactical analysis cell led by Diego Perez. Appearing on the bench this season, he cautiously extended his contract last summer until 2024. Finally, the high-performance cell (nutritionist), made up of Martin Buchheit (manager), Mario Sandua, Gil Orriols Jansana (physical trainers) and Hélène Defrance, is not expected to develop. The same goes for current goalkeeping coach Christophe Rével. On the other hand, the medical unit will undergo a minor change with the departure of the current doctor, Thibault Boitel.
And education for all this? The training project may not start as planned, with two or even three players (Buayi-Kiala, Bouanani and even Messoussa) leaving this summer with the potential to join the pros. These three failures can be explained by several reasons: players who were not previously protected in terms of contract, players who did not participate in the new salary scale introduced by the management, or who did not participate in the proposed sports project. Shortcomings from the 2005 generation that LOSC no longer want to reproduce, meanwhile, other players will likely be joining the pros this summer. It starts with young defender Leny Yoro. A place in the middle defense is planned for the 16-year-old player among the pros. Discussions and evaluations continue for three other young Lille players: Carlos Baleba (midfielder, 18), Ugo Raghouber (midfielder, 18) and Joffrey Bazié (18, attacking midfielder). Decisions that will most likely be refined during summer preparation.