High-flying Dijon FCO have brought in Belgium defender Laurent Ciman from the MLS while AS Monaco have signed Germany full-back Benjamin Henrichs from Bayer Leverkusen.
Dijon FCO, currently in second place on the Ligue 1 Conforama table following a perfect record in their opening three matches, have just signed their eighth recruit of the summer transfer window: Belgium defender Laurent Ciman. Coming from MLS side Los Angeles FC, Ciman has signed a two-year deal with the Burgundy club following an "in-principle agreement contingent on a successful medical," Dijon announced on Tuesday evening.
The Belgium international (20 caps), 33, came up through the academy at Sporting de Charleroi (2002-2008) before playing for Bruges (2008-2010), Courtrai (2009-2010) and Standard de Liège (2010-2015). He then moved to North America, signing for Montreal Impact (Canada, MLS, 2015-2017) and then Los Angeles FC in 2018.
Henrichs arrives on Le Rocher
Shortly after Ciamn's deal was made public, AS Monaco announced the arrival of Germany defender Benjamin Henrichs, 21, from Bayer Leverkusen, on a five-year deal. Born on 23 February 1997 in Bocholt, Germany, Henrichs can play wide on either side of the defence as well as in a defensive midfield role. Henrichs, a 2017 Confederations Cup winner with Germany (three caps), played more than 80 matches for Bayer Levekusen in four seasons with the club. He already has eight UEFA Champions League appearances under his belt, including two against AS Monaco in the 2016-17 group stage.
"His arrival bolsters the quality of our squad. I'm certain that he will contribute to the strong results of our team," declared AS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev, while Henrichs, also on the club's official website, waxed lyrical about his new home. "Monaco have been a top European club for many years. I'll do everything I can to adapt quickly and help the team claim as many victories as possible."