Premier League teams have begun to step up their interest in French football’s biggest stars in recent years, but Ligue 1 still remains something of an untapped goldmine…
According to reports in the French press, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham, Southampton and Everton are all considering a move for Lyon’s 21-year-old defender Samuel Umtiti – and frankly, it’s about time!
The standard of French football has been steadily improving in recent years, thanks in no small part to the mega-budgets of Paris Saint Germain and AS Monaco, but there remains a lengthy list of top flight quality players plying their trade among the country’s so-called lesser teams.
As the summer transfer window draws ever closer, we could down ten Ligue 1 players who Premier League teams MUST take a look at:
10) Samuel Umtiti (Lyon)
Promising young defender who can play both as a centre-back or as a left-back. He has already made 82 league appearances despite his tender age, and is a French youth team international.
9) Wissam Ben Yedder (Toulouse)
The 24-year-old striker has scored 38 goals in 104 league games for his club, including eight so far this season. Another French youth team international, Yedder is originally or Tunisian descent.