Late flourish as transfer window closes
There was a final flourish from Ligue 1 clubs before the summer transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday evening, with Paris Saint-Germain completing the capture of Valenciennes' Siaka Tiéné and Arles-Avignon once again dipping into the market.
After a summer of speculation, Paris Saint-Germain finally announced the signing of Ivory Coast defender Tiéné from Valenciennes for a fee in the region of €1 million. The 28 year-old former Saint-Etienne player has signed a three-year deal in the capital, where he is reunited with coach Antoine Kombouaré, under whom he served at the Stade Nungesser.
Tiéné, who will provide competition at left-back for the long-serving Sylvain Armand, declared himself “delighted” to move to the Parc des Princes, although he immediately departed for his homeland, where he joined up with the Ivorian national squad ahead of their 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda.
Leaving Paris, meanwhile, is 20 year-old midfielder Younousse Sankharé, who has been farmed out to Ligue 2 Dijon on a season-long loan.
As they look to kick-start a campaign that has been a little slow to get going, Lille have bolstered their squad by bringing in a familiar face in the shape of David Rozehnal. The Czech international defender is well-known to French football fans having previously represented Paris Saint-Germain, and he returns to Ligue 1 from Hamburg on a one-year loan deal. LOSC, who earlier allowed Nicolas Plestan to move to Schalke, also have an option to sign the 30 year-old on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Arles in the market again!
New boys Arles-Avignon continued their incredible summer recruitment drive, with 30 year-old former Real Madrid defender Paco Pavón signing on the dotted line in Provence, where he will be reunited with another Madrid youth product in Álvaro Mejía. Pavón, who made over 100 appearances while at the Santiago Bernabéu, had spent the past three seasons at Zaragoza.
The Arlésiens did not stop there, though, with 19 year-old Brazilian striker Jonathan also arriving on a one-year loan deal from Goiás in his homeland. These latest arrivals mean that coach Michel Estevan has now welcomed an astonishing eighteen new players to the club over the summer.
Elsewhere, Auxerre have signed the attacking midfielder Frédéric Sammaritano from second tier side Vannes for a fee in the region of €500,000. A product of the youth system at Nantes, Sammaritano was part of the same France European under-19 championship-winning side as Yoann Gourcuff. He puts pen to paper on a three-year deal.
Nice followed up the earlier capture of Danijel Ljuboja from Grenoble by securing the services of Bordeaux’s 22 year-old Malian international midfielder Abdou Traoré on a season-long loan deal.
On the way out
Amongst those leaving Ligue 1 just before the deadline was Rennes striker Asamoah Gyan. His impressive World Cup performances alerted numerous clubs and in the end he is on his way to English Premier League side Sunderland for a fee in the region of €16 million.
Meanwhile, Icelandic international Eidur Gudjohnsen, who already spent the second-half of last season with Tottenham, has once again left Monaco to move to the Premier League on loan, his destination this time being Stoke City. Monaco have also sold Uruguayan international midfielder Diego Pérez to Serie A outfit Bologna.