Ligue 1 January transfer window 2021: Live Updates

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Who’s on the move in Ligue 1 this winter? Which club in France will be spending the most in the beginning of the new year? Follow us below as we take a look at the latest Ligue 1 transfer news and rumours.

Ligue 1 has gained quite a significant prominence over the years since Paris Saint-Germain’s rejuvenation. There are many new and talented youngsters who opt for a move to France rather than other top leagues in Europe, which again shows how integral the French league has gotten over the past years. With several high-profile signings such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe’s transfer to PSG, other world-class players have been rumored to be thinking about a move to the French league as well.

There were times when World-Class players such as David Beckham and Ronaldinho were playing in Ligue 1. And now, nothing has changed as we have been hearing some of the hottest Ligue 1 transfer rumours of 2021 in recent weeks. Of course not all rumours turn into reality in the end, but many football enthusiasts have learned that anything is possible, especially Real Madrid and Barcelona, whose superstars, namely Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Neymar, all decided to sign for a different club after becoming a vital part of their teams.

Ligue 1 January transfer window 2021 has seen quite a number of transfer and exciting rumours since even before the new year, which has certainly hyped up a lot of fans each day. If you too are interested in reading about these speculations and actual done deals, the follow us at SportMob, as we provide you with Ligue 1 January 2021 transfer window live update.

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Many are certainly eager to see which footballer joins which club and how everything pans out in the end. There are others who might even bet real money on mere rumours and speculations. Now let us see if they have even the slightest chance of winning as we take a look at the latest Ligue 1 transfer rumours of 2021, and then present you with live updates on actual done deals.

Ligue 1 transfer rumours of 2021

Before delving into the Ligue 1 January transfer window news of 2021, we have provided below some of the most exciting transfer rumors that have been going around recently. One rumor in particular could be the most exciting of them all, as it had the whole world talking about it for several days, with millions of tweets being tweeted following news. Let us have a look and see if you have guessed which transfer rumor we are talking about.

Lionel Messi

  • Transfer: Barcelona-Paris Saint-Germain

Many of you could obviously guess which transfer rumor we were talking about above. There are exciting rumors going around about Lionel Messi’s next destination, as the Argentine superstar has reiterated his desire to leave Barcelona at the end of contract. The problems began when Lionel Messi talked about his fall out with former Barcelona director, Josep Bartomeu, as the Argentina international was growing weary of his policies.

Of course anything is possible and he could decide to stay at the Catalan club and stay until the end of his career, but it seems unlikely as he seems to have grown tired of the club’s policies and strategies, especially when it comes to their recent purchases and transfer plans, which saw his long-time friend and teammate, Luis Suarez, leave for Atletico Madrid for free.

It is said that there are two clubs which Messi is torn between, which are Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. While some believe that the Argentinian will leave for the Premier League side, Manchester City in order to join his former manager Pep Guardiola, under whom he realized his full potential and won the historic sextuple with Barcelona, others believe that Messi is considering a move to PSG for a reunion with his former teammate, Neymar, alongside whom he had created one of the most lethal trios in football history with the presence of Suarez as well.

Based on the latest Ligue 1 transfer news and rumours, PSG officials are planning on handing Messi a whopping contract to lure him into their squad, as Messi seems eager to meet up with his old buddy. Barcelona’s all-time highest goal scorer’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2021 and he is free to sign a pre-contract deal with any club that he desires.

Messi has already won 4 Champions League trophies, 10 La Liga titles, 6 Copas del Rey, 3 FIFA Club World Cups, 8 Spanish Super Cups, 3 UEFA Supercups and a whole array of other individual and collective trophies, awards and honors in his career, and surely he does not need any more trophies and it cannot be his reason for leaving. We shall have to wait and see if there will be any factual Ligue 1 January transfer news of 2021 about Messi’s next move.

Moussa Dembele

  • Transfer: Lyon-Atletico Madrid

Based on the Ligue 1 latest transfer news of 2021, Olympique Lyonnais’ Moussa Dembele is set to join La Liga side, Atletico Madrid, whose manager Diego Simeone has announced that the negotiations are at their final stages and the striker’s move to Spain is imminent. Of course we have seen negotiations fall through at such advanced stages, which means that nothing is put on paper at the moment and everything could go south anytime.

While Atletico Madrid have Joao Felix and former Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez, in their ranks, Diego Costa’s departure from the team has left El Cholo thinking about a new striker to fill in his shoes and provide a backup for their most expensive teenager and their veteran goal machine. Moussa Dembele has been an up and coming forward, as he has moved up the ranks by starting his career at Fulham, moving to Celtic and later joining Lyon in 2018.

The 2020/21 season has not been as the 24-year-old might have wanted, however, as he has only played a total of 670 minutes in 16 appearances, scoring only 1 goal in the process, whereas he managed to make 27 appearances in Ligue 1 last season and play a total of 2189 minutes, scoring 16 goals in the process. The French center-forward could be one of the Ligue 1 January transfer done deals in 2021, but as of now, nothing is done and announced yet.

Jese Rodriguez

  • Transfer: Paris Saint-Germain-Free agent

Ligue 1 January transfer news of 2021 could also be about Jese Rodriguez, who has recently been released from PSG after a reported sex scandal. While rodriguez is sacked by the club, it should not be that hard for the Spaniard to find another team, as he had spent several of his recent years on loan at Sporting CP, Real Betis and Stoke City.

The Real Madrid Castilla product had his best time during his spell at Real Madrid from 2013 to 2016, but it seems that the 27-year-old has hit a rough patch in his career, and urgently needs the tides to turn in his favor.

Ligue 1 January transfer done deals in 2021

Now that we have talked about some of the hottest rumors of the year, let us take a look at the done deals in the first transfer window of the new year. We will be bringing you all the news about done deals and actual transfers to and from Ligue 1 teams. So follow us below as we provide you with Ligue 1 January 2021 transfer window live update.

Charles Boli

  • Transfer: Lens-Paris FC
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

Per the latest Ligue 1 January transfer window news of 2021, Charles Boli has left Lens to join Paris FC on loan in order to get more playtime and improve his game further. The 22-year-old Scotland-born midfielder helped Lens qualify from Ligue 2 to Ligue 1 in the 2019/20 season, but has been sent back to Ligue 2 by Franck Haise to join Paris FC. Boli’s transfer market value is currently below a million Euros and will be hoping to see a rise in his value as he uses his versatility to attract more positive attention.

William Saliba

  • Transfer: Arsenal-Nice
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

William Saliba might have been dubbed by Rio Ferdinand as a ‘waste of money’ after he signed for Arsenal in 2019 for a reported fee of €30 million, but he has gotten the chance to prove former Manchester United defender wrong by performing well during his loan spell at Nice. He did in fact join Arsenal from another Ligue 1 club, which was Saint-Etienne, but it seems that he could escape the French league as he goes back to the competition by signing for Nice.

His market value has dropped drastically since his move to Arsenal and it seems that Mikel Arteta will have to rethink his transfer policies as there is currently no place for Saliba in his squad. Him joining the French club in the Ligue 1 winter transfer window of 2021 could help him turn the tides in his favor as anything is possible for the 19-year-old defender.

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Florian Chabrolle

  • Transfer: Marseille-AC Ajaccio
  • Transfer fee: Free transfer

Florian Chabrolle’s move to AC Ajaccio from Marseille in the Ligue 1 January transfer window 2021 is official, as the Marseille academy graduate finally moved to another club in a free transfer after his contract expired with the Ligue 1 side. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder will have a lot to prove to his former side as he did not get much of a playtime back at Olympique de Marseille. He only got to make 3 appearances and play for a total 76 minutes since 2018.

Adama Soumaoro

  • Transfer: Lille-Bologna
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

Per Ligue 1 January transfer window news of 2021, Dama Soumaoro has moved from LOSC Lille to Serie A side, Bologna. The French center-back first signed for Lille in 2013, but has been spending his time on loan since January 2020, when he moved to another Serie A side, namely Genoa on loan. The 28-year-old’s loan contract with Bologna will expire in June 30 and he will be available for his own club once again. It is only a matter of being wanted by Lille manager, Christophe Galtier.

Kevin Denkey

  • Transfer: Nimes-Cercle Brugge
  • Transfer fee: Undisclosed- ≈€2M

Based on the Ligue 1 January 2021 transfer window live update, the 20-year-old Togolese forward, Kevin Denkey has moved from Nimes Olympique to Cercle Brugge for an undisclosed fee which is believed to be around €2 million. Denkey is a Nimes academy graduate, but spent half of the 2019/20 season on loan at AS Beziers, before finally moving to the Beglian side, Cercle Brugge, with whom he has signed a three-year contract which will expire on 30 June, 2024.

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Didier Desprez

  • Transfer: Lens-Paris FC
  • Transfer fee: Free transfer

It seems that Lens have been doing their spring cleaning a little early this year, as they plan a squad overhaul after qualifying for Ligue 1. RC Lens are currently sitting 9th on the league table, which is not bad at all, considering the fact that they have just gotten promoted to the top-flight of the French football. Didier Desprez is the latest of the Ligue 1 January transfer done deals in 2021, as he has joined Paris FC from RC Lens on a free transfer.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper will be hoping to get more playtime with the Ligue 2 side, as we see how things pan out for the 1.90-meter-tall French footballer.

Jean Lucas

  • Transfer: Lyon-Brest
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

22-year-old midfielder Jean Lucas has joined Stade Brest from Olympique Lyon on loan until June 30, 2021. The Brazilian youngster was brought into the club from Flamengo FC, after he was called up to the Brazilian club’s senior squad and sent on loan to Santos FC. He is currently worth a figure around €4 million and is improving his game week in week out. We will have to wait and see when he could finally find his feet at Lyon and become an integral part of Les Gones.

Heriberto Tavares

  • Transfer: Brest-Famalicao
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

According to Ligue 1 latest transfer news of 2021, Portuguese winger Heriberto Tavares has joined Primeira Liga side Famalicao from Brest, who have recently signed Jean Lucas from Lyon. The 23-year-old has played for several of the Portuguese teams’ youth squads since 2010, first signing for Sporting CP’s youth side, while later joining clubs such as Boavista, Benfica and Belenenses, before finally moving to Stade Brest for almost €1 million in 2020.

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Pol Lirola

  • Transfer: Fiorentina-Marseille
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

According to the latest news on Ligue 1 winter transfer window of 2021 Pol Lirola has joined Olympique Marseille on loan from Fiorentina. The 23-year-old was one of Juventus’ prospect signings, whose move did not yield any results as he later signed for Sassuolo in 2018. Lirola has spent most of his time on loan at several clubs, and is now set to spend the rest of the 2020/21 season on loan at Marseille.

Gaetan Robail

  • Transfer: Lens-Valenciennes
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

Gaetan Robail is the latest of the Lens players to leave the club, as three other players have already moved out from the newly promoted team in January. The 27-year-old French midfielder has played PSG’s B team and has spent most of his time at several other clubs, inclunding Guingamp and Cercle Brugge. Now, Robail has returned to Valenciennes for a second loan spell at the club, after helping Lens get promoted to Ligue 1. He managed to score 7 goals and provide 4 assists in 24 appearances last season in Ligue 2.

Paul Delecroix

  • Transfer: Metz-Annecy FC
  • Transfer fee: Free transfer

According to the Ligue 1 latest transfer news of 2021, French goalkeeper Paul Delecroix has moved from Metz to Annecy with a contract valid until the remainder of the season. The 1,85-meter-tall 32-year-old goalkeeper has somehow managed to always move to a new club on a free transfer, playing for clubs such as Amiens SC, Chamois Niort, FC Lorient and FC Metz throughout his career. Delecroix’s market value is currently less than a million Euros, and we will have to wait and see if Annecy FC decide to renew the goalkeeper’s contact at the end of the season.

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Moussa Dembele

  • Transfer: Lyon-Atletico Madrid
  • Transfer fee: €1M/On loan

It seems that the rumors were true and Moussa Dembele has actually Joined Atletico Madrid in Ligue 1 winter transfer window of 2021. Of course it is not a permanent deal, and the striker has moved to La Liga only for the remainder of the current season. Atletico are somehow not surprisingly sitting top on the league table, 4 points in front of Real Madrid with even two games in hand. Can the French forward bring something new to table and help Diego Simeone and his team get an even bigger advantage in the league?

Islam Slimani

  • Transfer: Leicester City-Lyon
  • Transfer: Free transfer

Ligue 1 January transfer window 2021 has seen quite a number of free transfers, and Islam Slimani’s move from Leicester City to Lyon is only one of the many free transfers this season. Slimani joined the French side after his contract with the Foxes expired recently. Of course it seems that his move to Lyon was for the better, as he had already spent several seasons on loan at Newcastle United, Fenerbahce and Monaco since 2018. It seems that Lyon have brought in a true bargain player, as the Algerian striker’s market value is believed to be around €5 million.

Abdoulaye Dabo

  • Transfer: Nantes-Juventus
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

According to the Ligue 1 January transfer news of 2021, 19-year-old Abdoulaye Dabo has moved to Juventus’ U23 side on loan with an option to buy until the end of the 2020/21 season. The winger is versatile enough to play on either side of the pitch, as he even used to play as a central midfielder before becoming a professional footballer.

He has only made 2 appearances for Nantes in Ligue1, which dates back to the 2018/19 season, when he got to play a total of 117 minutes for the club’s senior side. Will he be able to get more playtime in Italy? We shall see.

Kevin Strootman

  • Transfer: Marseille-Genoa
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

Marseille have loaned out Dutch central midfielder Kevin Strootman to Genoa for the remainder of the season. Strootman’s prime days were during his spell at Roma, where he gained prominence and proved himself to be a world-class footballer. He joined Marseille for €25 million in 2018, and has now moved to Genoa on loan, with his transfer market value estimated at €5 million. The 30-year-old midfielder will surely be a great addition to Genoa’s roster, as he can be a solid distributer of the ball in the middle, helping the whole squad tick like clockwork.


  • Transfer: Bordeaux-Lokomotiv
  • Transfer fee: €2.5M

€8 million-rated center-back, Pablo Nascimento Castro, or shortly Pablo, has joined Lokomotiv Moscow from Bordeaux for reportedly €2.5 million, which is obviously a bargain price considering his actual market value is more than three times higher than what the Russian club have actually paid for the Brazilian. The 29-year-old has signed a three-year contract with Lokomotiv, which is valid until 30 June, 2024. Pablo’s market value got to its all-time high of €10 million after he joined Bordeaux in 2018 at the age of 26, a figure which he has managed to almost keep ever since.

Naomichi Ueda

  • Transfer: Cercle Brugge-Nimes
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

After spending years at Kashima Antlers and later moving to Cercle Brugge for an undisclosed fee in 2018, Japanese center-back Naomichi Ueda has left for Nimes on loan. While the 26-year-old is a Japanese champion and has won a total of four trophies during his years in the J1 League, he has not been able to reach the same heights with Cercle Brugge in the Beglian Pro League.

He has been loaned out to Nimes Olympique until the summer of 2021. During the two and a half seasons that he spent with Club Brugge, he managed to make a total of 55 appearances, as he even scored a goal in the 2018/19 season.

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Aurelien Scheidler

  • Transfer: Dijon-Nancy
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

The 22-year-old French forward, Aurelien Scheidler has officially moved to AS Nancy on loan for the remainder of the season, where he could be a true asset for Jean-Louis Garcia. He spent his last season on loan at US Orleans from January 2020 to June 2020, as his transfer market value saw a slight drop. Now, with his market value back to its former glory of €1 million, the center forward will be hoping to improve his game and gain more prominence at AS Nancy.

Hicham Mahou

  • Transfer: Nice-Lausanne
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

Ligue 1 has had quite a number of loan departures this winter, with Hicham Mahou being one of the latest to leave Ligue 1 and join another league, the Swiss Super League in this instance. Per news at SportMob, Lausanne-Sport have acquired the French winger on short-term loan until the end of the 2020/21 season. Of course Mahou did not in fact play for OGC Nice’s main team, as he was part of Nice B squad. He spent half of last season on loan at Red Star FC, and has now joined Lausanne-Sport to hone his skills even further.

Strahinja Pavlovic

  • Transfer: Monaco-Cercle Brugge
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

€8-million-rated center-back Strahinja Pavlovic has moved to the Jupiler Pro League to join Cercle Brugge on loan for the remainder of the season. His short-term loan move will certainly affect his playtime, as he can get more on the pitch and develop his skills. The Serbian footballer is only 19 years old and has got plenty of time to work on his defensive abilities. While he was the star defender of Partizan Belgrade, he has only gotten to make a single appearance in the 2020/21 season for Monaco, which has surely had a detrimental effect on his form.

Krepin Diatta

  • Transfer: Club Brugge-Monaco
  • Transfer fee: €20M

Krepin Diatta is the latest addition to the Ligue 1 January signings of 2021. Monaco have had to splash the cash and spend around €20 million to acquire the services of the 21-year-old right winger from Club Brugge. The club announced the signing of the Senegal international as he signed a five-year contract with Monaco on January 21, 2021, with his contract set to expire on June 30, 2025. Diatta has already shown signs of his immense potential, scoring an impressive 10 goals in 19 games this season for Club Brugge.

It seems that the versatile winger has finally realized his potential and the position that he is most comfortable with, as he has managed to score as many goals this season as he has scored in the last three seasons combined. Of course we will have to wait and see if he can find his feet at Monaco and continue his top form to reach the same heights at his new club.

Arkadiusz Milik

  • Transfer: Napoli-Marseille
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

Napoli old-timer Arkadiusz Milik has joined Olympique Marseille on a long-term loan until June 2022 with an option to buy if the French club sees fit. It is believed that clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and Everton were also interested in the Polish center-forward, but it was Marseille who got the upper hand in the end and managed to sign the 26-year-old.

Milik has made a total of 272 appearances throughout his career since the 2011/12 season, scoring a remarkable 114 goals and providing 34 assists in the process, which clearly shows how prolific of a striker he actually is.

The former Ajax center-forward was involved in a legal dispute with Napoli, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, but the two sides managed to come to an agreement as Milik signed a contract extension with the Italian club prior to his loan move to Marseille. He is arguably one of the best Ligue 1 January signings of 2021 so far, as Marseille supporters hope to see him quickly find his form and repeat his goal-scoring feats at his new club.

Over Mandanda

  • Transfer: Bordeaux-Stade Lavallois
  • Transfer fee: TBD/On loan

It somehow seems as if all footballers named Mandanda are destined to be goalkeepers, as Over Mandanda is the latest of the footballers with the same name to play in the same position. It is official news that Stade Lavallois have acquired the services of the 22-year-old French goalkeeper from Bordeaux on a short-loan deal until the end of the 2020/21 season. It is not the first time that the Bordeaux academy graduate is moving to another club on loan, as he spent a loan spell at US Creteil-Lusitanosthe in the 2019/20 season.


source: SportMob
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