9 potential Ligue 1 bargains that Premier League clubs should be looking at
1. Nabil Dirar (Monaco)
Dirar is a direct right winger who has the muscular strength to handle the intensity of the English game, while he can also play at right-back
Can a 31-year-old on a sizeable salary really be considered a bargain? Arguably not, but Dirar will make for a high-calibre signing for someone this summer. A valued member of the Monaco squad that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals, Dirar is a direct right winger who has the muscular strength to handle the intensity of the English game, and he can also play at right-back.
He would have made more than eight Ligue 1 starts last season but for the form of new Manchester City man Bernardo Silva, and admitted last month that he's considering leaving the principality club in order to find first-team opportunities elsewhere. The Premier League is said to be a dream destination.
2. Faitout Maouassa (Nancy)
Teenager Maouassa is one of Ligue 1’s most sought-after youngsters, and the €8m or so that it would cost to prise him away from relegated Nancy may end up being good value. There’s a touch of Roberto Carlos in the way Maouassa – who can play as a left-back or left winger – motors up and down the flank, leading some to predict that he’ll mature into a world-class wing-back.
He was outstanding during the final weeks of the 2016/17 Ligue 1 season, scoring three times and providing three assists in the final eight games of Nancy’s ultimately unsuccessful attempt to avoid the drop. It’s hard to know how teenagers will develop, but Maouassa is one player whose stock looks certain to rise over the next couple of years.
3. Grzegorz Krychowiak (PSG)
His smart positional play and pressing ability would make him an asset to several Premier League midfields
Krychowiak suffered a disastrous 2016/17 and may be available for half the €34m PSG forked out to buy him from Sevilla last summer. Unable to win a place in the starting line-up, he soon fell out of favour under Unai Emery – despite the pair having worked together so successfully at Sevilla – and made just seven Ligue 1 starts.
A price of €17m would represent good value for a player who won consecutive Europa Leagues (2015 and 2016) and was a La Liga regular at Sevilla. His smart positional play and pressing ability would make him an asset to several Premier League midfields. Arsenal were interested before he joined PSG, but Milan appear keenest to end his Parisian nightmare.