ASSE is very active behind the scenes. Loïc Perrin does not separate from his telephone which crackles with calls. If avenues, mostly leading to Troyes, have emerged in recent days, others are being explored, especially in the elite but also in Switzerland…
ASSE and Laurent Batlles, its new coach, are working hard to shape a team that should already have taken shape at the start of preparation when it comes to gaining height on the Savoie side, in La Plagne resort. Ideally, this training course at altitude will be an opportunity to lay the groundwork for a season whose objective will be the immediate rise in Ligue 1. Laurent Batlles knows that such a grouping will make it possible to link the players around his sporting project, where his desire not to leave with players who would not see themselves continuing the adventure in Green next season. Ideally, the Stéphane coach would like the arrival of 3 to 4 players to be already recorded when leaving for an oxygenation course.
Dylan Chambost: a dotted track…
At the beginning of the week, we mentioned the many Trojan tracks activated by the Saint-Etienne recruitment unit. It is however necessary to keep all measure with regard to these rumours. If some names are indeed on lists of targeted players like Florian Tardieu, others seem less expected. This is particularly the case of Dylan Chambost, former resident of the ASSE training center and whose Mohamed Toubache-Ter indicated yesterday in a Twitter space led by @Lagreenattitude that he had not been contacted by Laurent Batlles…
Still on the side of ESTAC, it seemed that Gauthier Gallon, the goalkeeper crowned best goalkeeper in Ligue 2 in 2020/21 was targeted by the Saint-Etienne leaders according to the newspaper L’Equipe. Again, Mohamed Toubache-Ter denies this lead.
Another player who will not come to ASSE despite an interest from the club: Romain Thomas. The Angevin will sign with SM Caen which will be a direct competitor to the rise in Ligue 1. The magazine Foot Normand explains that “Romain Thomas (34), at the end of his contract with the SCO, will sign with the Caen club for two or three years.”
A Gabonese could hunt a… Gabonese!
Denis Bouanga is on the start. The Gabonese winger will not stay at ASSE and should leave for a check estimated at 5 million euros. In the arrivals department, to replace the Saint-Etienne author of 9 goals and 6 assists this season, Mohamed Toubache-Ter announces a keen interest in Jim Allevinah (Clermont Foot 63). This winger, also a Gabonese international, has scored a goal and provided 3 assists this season. If his statistics are far from those of his compatriot, Jim Allevinah nevertheless looks like a good pickaxe for ASSE. It should be noted that other players from Clermont could land in St-Etienne. Indeed, Mohamed Toubache-Ter reveals that players from the Auvergnat club would have offered to St-Etienne for next season! Better, other Ligue 1 players, belonging to clubs which should fight to maintain next season, would also offer themselves to the Saint-Etienne club. Proof that the Greens still attract, even in Ligue 2.
A Dunkirk midfielder on the list of the Greens!
Bilal Brahimi (USL Dunkerque), not to be confused with Billal Brahimi (Nice), is a versatile midfielder, capable of evolving as a box to box or higher in support of the attackers. It is also able to evolve on the sides, in particular on the left, as a piston. The 22-year-old, recruited by Dunkirk last season, had a complicated start to his career, as he mentioned last March on the club’s official website: “It’s a childhood dream. I try to work well every day and do the maximum. I try to put all the chances on my side to succeed. I was lucky to have the confidence of the coach . Why didn’t I turn pro before? Maybe I didn’t put all the ingredients in, or did the maximum. Maybe something was missing. I knew how to turn the scales.” He also confirms his versatility on the pitch: “I like to be everywhere. I have to be present as soon as the coach calls on me, regardless of the position. Afterwards, I feel better in midfield, in the heart of the game.”
A priority of priorities in defense should sign shortly!
Anthony Briançon remains Laurent Batlles’ big priority. The captain of Nîmes Olympique should be the first recruit of ASSE as mentioned three days ago on Peuple-Vert.fr. The player would have made his choice and Mohamed Toubache-Ter recalled yesterday on the space of @Lagreenattitude that the file was hot.
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Laurent Batlles, after enlisting this experienced central defender and locker room leader, could then tackle the goalkeeper file. The presence of Etienne Green is not guaranteed next season. Batlles would like to enlist an experienced number 2 goalkeeper. This would sound the great return of Jessy Moulin. Whoever had the daunting task of replacing Stéphane Ruffier in the Saint-Etienne goals could thus return to the club after a season at ESTAC.
On the attacking side, there was talk of ASSE’s interest in Stéphane Bahoken. To date, according to information from Mohamed Toubache-Ter, this is not the case. However, the Saint-Etienne club could change its position in this file. The Angevin who has just celebrated his 30th birthday comes out of a season during which he was used as a substitute, entering at the end of the game, hence the starving statistics: 3 goals and an assist. The Girondins de Bordeaux are ahead in this case…
ASSE is looking at Switzerland…
The insider revealed it, you have to look at Switzerland, and more precisely at Servette in Geneva, to find the trail of players followed by ASSE. If he did not give names, we went to observe the Geneva workforce and identified two names of players with an interesting profile: Yoan Severin (25 years old) and Théo Valls (26 years old).
Yoan Severin is from the region since he is a Frenchman born in Villeurbanne. The 25-year-old was used mainly in positions sought by ASSE: left-back and central defender. He could thus occupy the left side of a defense with three. Passed by the Primavera of Juventus of Turin, he then rebounded on the side of SV Zulte Waregem (Belgium) before joining Servette in 2018.
Free since leaving Nîmes in 2020, midfielder Théo Valls (24) signed a three-year contract with Servette FC two seasons ago. He is one of the midfielders of the Swiss club. Author of 6 goals and 14 assists for two seasons, he is proving to be a valuable player in the midfield of Servette.
The Greens are very active and should finalize certain files fairly quickly. It is very likely that certain files, carried out in the greatest confidentiality, will be added to these rumors which for some could materialize during this summer transfer window. To be continued…