The January transfer window is officially open, allowing clubs to bolster their squads for the second half of the 2023-24 season. Here's a look at five significant signings made by Ligue 1 sides during this period that have left a long-standing impact.
Terem Moffi: OGC Nice 2023-
Moffi initially joined Nice on loan from FC Lorient on January 31, 2023, and became a permanent player last summer. The 24-year-old Nigerian international has been a prolific goal-scorer for Les Aiglons, contributing significantly since his arrival. With six goals and two assists in 16 league appearances, Moffi has played a pivotal role in elevating Nice to second place in the Ligue 1 table during this 2023-24 season.
Thiago Motta: Paris Saint-Germain 2012–2018
In 2012, the Italian midfielder joined PSG during the January transfer window from Inter Milan. Motta established himself as a critical figure in midfield, forming a formidable trio with Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi. Over his seven-year tenure in the French capital, Motta contributed significantly, participating in 166 league matches and recording eight goals and nine assists. His time with PSG also saw him clinch five Ligue 1 titles.
Memphis Depay: Olympique Lyonnais 2017-2021
Struggling to secure regular playing opportunities at Manchester United, Depay departed the Premier League to sign with Lyon. His impact for Les Gones was significant, with the Dutchman quickly establishing himself as a key player. Throughout his stint at OL, Depay featured in 139 Ligue 1 matches, netting 63 goals and providing 45 assists. Notably, he played a crucial role in Lyon's remarkable journey to the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League semifinals, contributing to victories over Juventus and Manchester City in the knockout stage before Lyon's run concluded with a defeat against Bayern Munich.
Maxwell: Paris Saint-Germain 2012-2017
The Brazilian defender joined PSG from FC Barcelona, eventually securing the team's starting left-back position. Maxwell participated in 145 Ligue 1 matches over his six-year tenure in the French capital, contributing 12 goals and 17 assists. During his time with PSG, he celebrated four league titles.
Alexander Frei: Stade Rennais 2003–2006
After joining from Servette FC, the Swiss forward seamlessly adapted his goal-scoring prowess to Ligue 1 upon joining Rennes. Frei featured in 100 league matches, scoring 48 goals and contributing three assists during his tenure with Les Rouge et Noirs. His most prolific goal-scoring season for Rennes was in the 2004-05 campaign, where he netted 20 goals and secured the Ligue 1 Golden Boot.