Yesterday’s Ligue 1 transfer roundup contained AS Monaco’s interest in Henry Onyekuru, news on the future of Moussa Dembele and Victor Osimhen’s now completed move to Lille. Today’s edition entails Premier League eyes on Montpellier’s Ruben Aguilar and Les Monegasques’ pursuits of Mattia Perin and Andre Silva.
Report: According to France Football, a trio of English clubs are interested in signing Aguilar this summer. Southampton, Brighton and Crystal Palace are all named in the report as being after the 26-year-old.
Verdict: Aguilar stood out for his team last season, recording an average WhoScored rating of 7.13, which was only bettered by Andy Delort for La Paillade. The Algeria striker was also the only player to register a higher number of assists than the Frenchman, despite the latter playing at right-back, and he also made the most tackles per game. In other words, he was a vital component of the side and so the news that clubs are casting their eyes on him should not come as too much of a surprise. Crystal Palace could do with a new right-back following the departure of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, whilst Southampton could be in a similar situation if Cedric Soares leaves. Brighton have just Martin Montoya and could, therefore, also make a concrete move. Also, Aguilar’s contract runs out next year, which could see him become available at a cheaper price.
How likely is the deal? 6.5/10
Report: TuttoJuve is reporting that Monaco are interested in Mattia Perin. Aston Villa are also mentioned as being after the Juventus goalkeeper, with the French club hoping to sign Italy international if he does not move to the Premier League.
Verdict: Whilst Villa may have been “on pole” to sign the 26-year-old when the report was written on Wednesday evening, they have since confirmed the signing of Tom Heaton from Burnley. As such, the path appears clear for Monaco to make their move. However, it could be asked whether the Ligue 1 outfit need him either. They have already signed Benjamin Lecomte from Montpellier during this transfer window and, alongside him, they have three other shot-stoppers in their squad. Danijel Subasic and Diego Benaglio are well into their thirties, though, which may indicate Leonardo Jardim’s interest in Perin. At Juventus, it seems unlikely that he will get a good run in the starting XI anytime soon. Wojciech Szczesny is currently number one, whilst Gianluigi Buffon has also returned to Turin during this window. If Perin has any sense, he will look to move, but Monaco may not be the best destination.
How likely is the deal? 6/10
Report: As per today’s print edition of Tuttosport (via Calcio Mercato), Leonardo Jardim is still interested in taking Andre Silva to the Stade Louis II this season despite a move recently breaking down.
Verdict: Silva has already appeared to be on the verge of joining Monaco from AC Milan once this summer, but the move failed to materialise after the Portugal international could not agree financial terms to his liking with the Ligue 1 outfit. It was also reported that he had failed a medical ahead of a switch to his new club. He has recently had issues with his patella, from which he is still recovering. This may indicate that it is not the best time to sign the former Porto man, therefore, but that doesn’t seem to have put Jardim off. When he is fit, the 23-year-old is not too shabby. He has a career record of 70 goals in 170 club games, with his best spell coming in Portugal, whilst he has done very well internationally, netting 15 in 33 matches. If he can hit the ground running following his eventual return from injury, he would turn out to be worthwhile signing, but it is always hard to start out at a new club having just come back from the sidelines.
How likely is the deal? 5.5/10