After a fairly calm start to the transfer window, OGC Nice, which goes to the Stadium on Sunday for the first day of Ligue 1, is moving up a gear with the arrival of weight reinforcements. Welsh international Aaron Ramsey signed on Monday August 1, and is expected to be followed by Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
First big test in sight for the TFC! For their return to Ligue 1, the Violets defeated Nice on Sunday August 7 at the Stadium (1 p.m.) for the first day of the championship. It is a certainty, Téfécé will want to start strong to show everyone that it can compete with the big French cars.
But Nice will arrive in Toulouse with vengeance and above all with a 3-star squad, recently reinforced by experienced players.
Ramsey formalized, Schmeichel approaching
Since the beginning of the summer, OGC Nice has been leading a fairly calm market, focused on rather young profiles. Arrivals of the guardian Marcin Bulka (22 years old, already loaned last season by PSG), nuggets Badredine Bouanani (17 years old, attacking midfielder, Lille), Rare Ilia (19, winger, Rapid Bucharest) and Alexis Beka Beka (21 years old, defensive midfielder, Lokomotiv Moscow) go in this direction.
But the Riviera leaders have decided to strike hard by offering their new coach Lucien Favre experienced players. The Welsh international Aaron Ramsey (74 selections) thus signed Monday August 1 a one-season contract, plus an optional one, with Nice.
At 31, the midfielder, passed by Arsenal or Juventus, will bring his knowledge of the game and his quality of passing to the Aiglons. The Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel Should follow. A true legend in his country, the 35-year-old doorman, former player of the English club Leicester and son of the illustrious Peter Schmeichel doorman of the great Manchester United of the 90s, would even already have an agreement with Nice. The name of the young Italian defender from Empoli, Mattia Viti (20), is also mentioned.
Lucien Favre, an arrival that counts
Impossible to talk about the Nice transfer window without talking about the new coach of OCG Nice, Lucien Favre. After two seasons without a club, the Swiss technician returns to the Côte-d’Azur, he who had already coached the Aiglons from 2016 to 2018. Much loved by the supporters, Favre was the man who had coached the Niçois on the podium of the championship in 2016-2017, at the end of a historic season for the club, which had seen them fight to the end for the national title.
Thuram, Gouiri, Delort, precious “internal recruits”
The other coup de force of the Nice leaders on this transfer window is to have (for the moment) managed to keep the major players in their workforce. This is how we think about the midfield Chephren Thuram (21 years old, 4 goals last season), to the attacking duo Andy Delort and Amine Gouiriauthor of 26 goals between them last year, or even at defensive rock Jean-Clair Todibo.
Clever transfer window between youth and experience, new renowned coach who already knows the club well and executives always present, the Nice summer has been successful so far. And if all the recruits will probably not be aligned at the Stadium this Sunday at 1 p.m., the TFC will still have a lot to do.