Meet Ligue 1's 10 most exciting youngsters being primed for big moves

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6. Presnel Kimpembe (PSG)

PSG's Presnel Kimpembe challenges for the ball


  • Age: 21
  • Position: Centre-back

Part of the reason PSG were willing to sell David Luiz to Chelsea over the summer was that they had Presnel Kimpembe waiting in the wings. The left-footed centre-back – who also interested the Blues according to reports – is competing against Marquinhos for the second centre-back spot alongside Thiago Silva, and holding his own against those illustrious Brazilians.

Kimpembe has impressed so much since the start of the season that he won a call-up for France’s internationals against Holland and Bulgaria this month after Eliaquim Mangala pulled out through injury.

7. Maxwel Cornet (Lyon)

Maxwell Cornet celebrates his goal to the camera


  • Age: 20
  • Position: Striker

Highly regarded since his early teens, Cornet joined Lyon from first club Metz 18 months ago and has been a fantastic addition to one of Europe’s most exciting young sides. He broke into the first team during the second half of last season and was a tremendous foil for leading scorer Alexandre Lacazette, a player he may eventually eclipse.

Already a regular for France’s U21s, Cornet stands a good chance of following fellow wonderkids Kingsley Coman and Ousmane Dembele into the senior France set-up at some point this season.

8. Wylan Cyprien (Nice)


  • Age: 21
  • Position: Central midfielder

The 21-year-old Cyprien already has more than 100 league appearances to his name after excelling for Lens from a young age. His stellar performances in north-east France earned him a €2 million move to Nice over the summer, and under new Nice manager Lucien Favre he has made an outstanding start to 2016/17.

His box-to-box style has wowed fans on the south coast and underlined exactly why he was nicknamed ‘three lungs’ by sections of Lens' fanbase. Powerful and muscular, he has all the attributes to be a big hit in the Premier League a couple of years down the line.

9. Enzo Crivelli (Bastia)

Bordeaux's Enzo Crivelli


  • Age: 21
  • Position: Striker

The ponytailed striker is spending a year on loan at Corsican club Bastia from Bordeaux and will benefit hugely from getting a run of games. Strong, powerful and a willing worker across the frontline, he is a useful focal point in attack and looks capable of scoring 10-15 goals this season.

He has earned international honours, shadowing Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller for France's U21 side. He could be the difference between Bastia staying up and being relegated this season.

10. Amine Harit (Nantes)

France's Amine Harit celebrates his 3-0 goal


  • Age: 19
  • Position: Central midfielder

Harit impressed when France were crowned European U19 champions over the summer and did so well at Nantes in pre-season that manager Rene Girard was left with little option but to promote him into the first team. Quick-thinking and fleet-footed, he glides between the lines and has great ability to drive forward in possession, forcing defenders into decisions.

There are rumours that Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are tracking a player billed as Nantes’ most exciting prospect in years.


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