10 Ligue 1 players who'd make fine Premier League buys – and who they'd suit

Ndombele Tottenham

France has proved a fertile hunting ground for Premier League clubs in the past and, as James Eastham explains, there are some intriguing talents being targeted across the channel this month

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Adrien Rabiot (PSG)

Adrien Rabiot

France international Rabiot confirmed last month that he won’t be extending his contract in the French capital and has found himself frozen out ever since.

Available as a free agent at the end of the season, the 23-year-old left-footed schemer would be a bargain for somebody despite concerns over his personality.

Labelled a troublemaker by some, he was left out of France’s World Cup squad last summer and refused to take his place on the standby list. Barcelona are among the interested parties.

Would suit: Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham

Nicolas Pepe (Lille)


The fleet-footed Lille winger enjoyed a spectacular 2018 and ranks among Ligue 1’s most highly-regarded prospects. Quick and graceful across the turf, he’s scored 12 times and provided five assists this season in a side challenging for a top-three place.

The Paris-born Ivory Coast international nearly joined Lyon on August deadline day last year for €30 million. Lille will be delighted the move fell through – the 23-year-old is now worth as least half as much again on top of that.

Would suit: Arsenal, Chelsea

Wylan Cyprien (Nice)


Named on the four-man shortlist for Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year in 2017, midfielder Cyprien has recovered from the knee ligament injury that sidelined him for nine months and has gradually worked his way back to form.

Nicknamed ‘three lungs’ for his tremendous stamina, the Guadeloupe-born 23-year-old has the athletic capacity to handle the demands of Premier League football.

A move to the highest echelons of the Premier League may be too much, but he’d be a good fit for an ambitious outfit looking to secure European football.

Would suit: Bournemouth, Everton, Leicester, Southampton, Wolves