Zaydou Youssouf and Denis Bouanga played on Saturday against Dijon (1-2), their last match under the colors of AS Saint-Etienne. As revealed on the L’Équipe website, the first, who had one year left on his contract with the Greens, signed on Thursday with the Portuguese club Famalicao.
The transfer of the 23-year-old midfielder will bring €1 million into the coffers of ASSE, which will also benefit from a tidy sum of an additional €5 million with the departure of Denis Bouanga. After three seasons, 110 games and 28 goals under the colors of Saint-Etienne, the Gabonese international (27 years old) will fly to the United States. Head to Los Angeles FC.
The deal, made by the intervention of Jérôme Meary, MLS specialist, was being finalized late Thursday evening. The former Lorient man must sign up for three and a half years with the club on the American west coast. He will enjoy Designated Player status, which allows his franchise to exceed the salary cap imposed in the United States. He should benefit from a higher remuneration than Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini, his two illustrious future teammates.