Mbappé leads wave of last-minute deals
While Kylian Mbappé was celebrating his loan move to Paris Saint-Germain by helping France batter the Netherlands, there was a rush of Ligue 1 Conforama transfer action as the midnight deadline approached.
After Neymar Jr's big-bucks gala arrival earlier in the month, one could have been forgiven for thinking that Paris Saint-Germain's summer recruitment drive was over. However, they had one last big card to play and duly did so at 19:30 on Thursday night, just before France's World Cup qualifying clash with the Netherlands and hours shy of the transfer window's close.
"It was a huge day for me: signing a new contract and getting a great win - and a goal," said Kylian Mbappé, a native of the Paris region who was evidently thrilled to celebrate his move to the capital club with a goal in a sensational Les Bleus' performance in front of a Stade de France packed full of Parisians. "It's getting close to the best day ever, even though I'm not sure what the actual definition of the best day ever is. I'm very happy, and slightly relieved."
Aurier, Krychowiak make way
The capital club's head-line grabbing capture of France's brightest young star on a season-long loan with an option to convert to a four-year, megabucks contract came as the club looked to streamline the squad with a number of last-minute departures.
Côte d'Ivoire international Serge Aurier ended his tumultuous time with Paris Saint-Germain with a five-year, €25m move across the Channel to London club Tottenham. The deal sealed only after the right-back, who has had his share of trouble with the law in France, was granted a UK work permit and came hot on the heels of Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak's season-long loan deal at West Bromwich Albion.
Mitroglou makes Marseile move
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain's arch-rivals Olympique de Marseille bagged the central striker they were after, signing Greece international Konstantinos Mitroglou on a four-year, €15m deal from Benfica. The physically imposing, ruthlessly efficient 29-year-old striker bagged 16 goals in the Portuguese league last season and feels he is up for the challenge of helping France's sleeping giant back to former glory.
"I'm really happy with the way the club and the coach attended to me; I can't wait to play my first match for Marseille. The negotiations started a few week ago but I made my choice very quickly. I know that the atmosphere at the Vélodrome is electric. I have plenty of experience with that kind of thing after my time with Olympiakos and Benfica. I'm sure I can handle the pressure at Marseille. I know they are the only French club to have won the Champions League. They're a traditional club, a top club renowned throughout Europe."
Meanwhile France international attacking midfielder Rémy Cabella made the switch from the Vélodrome to Saint-Etienne on a season-long loan confident of more game time with Oscar Garcia's high-flying Verts than with Rudi Garcia's crowded OM squad.
LOSC clean house
The final day of transfer action saw Bordeaux swing into action, securing forward Nicolas De Préville on a four-year, €8m deal from LOSC while also securing the arrival of 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder Matheus Pereira on a one-year loan from Juventus with option to buy.
De Préville's was one of several departures as Marcelo Bielsa looks to streamline a radically overhauled squad. Portuguese midfielder Xeka was loaned out to Dijon, while Lenny Nangis, Marko Basa, Junior Tallo and Julian Palmieri all had their contracts terminated and are now free to sign for the club of their choice.
Musical chairs as Amiens wiegh in
Former Aiglons captain Nampalys Mendy was brought back to the Allianz Riviera on a season-long loan from Leicester City, while Olympique Lyonnais announced a loan deal for Amiens midfielder Tanguy N'Dombele, who arrives to cover the loan departure of Sergi Darder for Espanyol, the club whose youth academy he attended.
Promoted Amiens quickly moved to cover the loss of N'Dombele by securing a last-minute loan deal for 21-Year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder Nathan from Chelsea and a definitive transfer for 24-year-old South African midfielder Bongani Zungu from Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal.
Imbula, Khazri back in France
Former Guingamp and Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula makes a return to France on loan from Stoke City to Toulouse FC, with no option to buy, and he was joined by Tunisian international Wahbi Khazri, who signed for Stade Rennais on loan from Sunderland. Nantes recruited Netherlands U21 international Queensy Menig on loan from Ajax and FC Metz bagged Togo international and former Valenciennes man Mathieu Dossevi on loan from Belgian giants Standard Liège.