A number of players eyed by Premier League clubs featured in L’Equipe’s Ligue 1 Team of the Week after a weekend which saw victories for Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco.
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PSG’s 6-1 victory over LOSC Lille was the result of the weekend. Despite being without star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Laurent Blanc’s reigning champions delivered a dominant display, crushing the Europa League hopefuls in the process.
Ezequiel Lavezzi—reportedly wanted by Liverpool this summer—was in outstanding form, scoring a hat-trick and reminding his suitors what they would be getting should the take the plunge on the Argentine forward.
His teammate, Javier Pastore, also featured in the paper’s weekend dream team.
Having been named as the best player in the world by Eric Cantona, the rumour mill has been quick to link the Uruguay international with a move to a genuine giant.
Real Madrid have been linked with the player, and the Spanish giants may well be even more convinced about the merits of the playmaker after his fine outing against Lille.
Thiago Motta and goal-scorer Maxwell also found a place in the team after their excellent showings against Les Dogues.
Another EPL target—AS Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour—earned himself a spot in the TOTW.
The Tunisian centre-back has been earmarked by Arsenal as a potential summer recruit, and he impressed again at the weekend as the Club of the Principality overcame strugglers Racing Club de Lens.
Abdennour’s teammate Joao Moutinho—a former target for Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur—also made the cut.
The team was completed by Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne), Mariano (Bordeaux), Mathieu Peybernes (Bastia), Moustapha Diallo (Guingamp) and Jordan Ayew (FC Lorient).