More than six years after his arrival in Nice, Walter Benitez decided to leave OGC Nice this summer. Free to join the club of his choice, the Argentinian goalkeeper has joined PSV Eindhoven, where he will find Olivier Boscagli, recovering from a rupture of the cruciate ligaments of the knee.
On loan from AS Roma last season, justin Kluivert did not do enough (4 goals, 5 assists in Ligue 1) to convince its leaders to exercise the purchase option estimated at twelve million euros. The former Ajax Amsterdam player could rebound at Olympique de Marseille, who have made him a target to occupy the left side of their attack.
Jordan Amavi, he will return to OM after a few months – dull – in his training club. He shouldn’t be there very long.
They are going to leave
He was the one who was to embody the Ineos I project at OGC Nice. Three years after signing for 20 million euros, Kasper Dolberg is invited to look elsewhere. The Danish international, who hasn’t worn the Nice jersey since his terrible Coupe de France final against Nantes and who has been injured for many weeks in the shoulder, is no longer part of the club’s plans and, therefore, , by Lucien Favre. Aged 24, Dolberg still has a good rating in Europe. Nice hopes for 20 million euros, which is however far from won. Brentford and some German clubs have taken inquiries.
Returned this winter from a one-year loan to Palmeiras, danilo Barbasa was not invited to resume with the first team. Bought for eight million euros, the Brazilian midfielder never lived up to expectations. He is asked to change air.
For young people, justin Smith will be loaned to Quevilly/Rouen and Jeans N’Guessand in Nimes.
They are waiting to see
Arrived a few days after the takeover of the club by Ineos in August 2019, Alexis Claude-Maurice has never really had the opportunity to express its full potential. Released under the orders of Adrian Ursea during the return phase of the 2020-21 season, he was one of the main “victims” of Christophe Galtier’s 4-4-2. Despite some good entries during the first leg, ”ACM” remained a second choice for the former staff. In March, he decided to have fibula surgery due to persistent pain. Since Monday, he is back on the training grounds. Lucien Favre could be sensitive to his style, technique.
Formed at the club, Evann Guessand is at a turning point in his young career. He can no longer be satisfied with such little playing time, as was the case last season.
Barred by Delort, Gouiri and Dolberg, the striker had only crumbs. In each of his appearances, he showed personality and real attacking talent. According to our information, this has not escaped many French clubs (Strasbourg, Nantes, Montpellier, Clermont …), a Belgian (Club Bruges) and a German (Fribourg). A loan could be an option as Nice are counting on him for the future. Lucien Favre knows him well from his one-season adventure in Lausanne and appreciates his profile.
They should stay
Lucien Favre announced it on Monday during his presentation press conference: Jean-Clair Todibo, Chephren Thuram and Amine Gouiri, the three largest market values, will remain at OGC Nice. This is excellent news and a strong signal. Todibo and Gouiri would no doubt have considered their future elsewhere if Galtier had remained the Gym coach.
Best player of the last exercise, Andy Delort (18 goals, 3 assists in Ligue 1) still has three years of contract at OGC Nice, where he feels very fulfilled.
Favre, who hopes to recruit a central striker, knows that he is a safe bet in Ligue 1. The Swiss is counting on him. The first contact was very positive between the two men.
Marcin Bulka, Teddy Boulhendi, Dante, Youcef Atal, Melvin bard, Jordan Lotomba, Flavius Daniliuc, Hisham Boudaoui, pablo Rosario, mario Lemina, Morgan Schneiderlin and billal brahimi form the rest of a solid framework, some sectors of which will have to be reinforced.