Football. Samba, Mandanda, Malacia… this Tuesday’s transfer window

Samba amplifies Lens

Goalkeeper Brice Samba, who played three seasons at Nottingham Forest, the club with which he had just won the Premier League promotion, signed a five-year contract with RC Lens, the artesian club announced on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Congolese will remain across the Channel for three full seasons. Notably, he was the hero of last year’s semi-final play-off, stopping three shots on target against Sheffield United.

In Lens, he becomes the number 1 of a team that received a windfall last month with the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligaments in the left knee of Venezuelan goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez.

“Compared to the opportunity to play in the Premier League and the requests he has had, Brice has made a strong choice after his great season by coming to Lens,” sporting director Florent Ghisolfi praised in a press release announcing the arrival. of the player announced. on the official Racing website.

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AC Milan formalizes Origi .’s arrival

Belgian international Divock Origi has signed a four-year contract with AC Milan at the end of his contract with Liverpool, the Italian champions club announced on Tuesday, robbed of Zlatan Ibrahimovic until 2023.

“AC Milan are pleased to announce the signing of Divock Origi. The Belgian has signed a contract with the club until June 30, 2026,” the Serie A formation reported on its website, formalizing the arrival of the 27-year-old player.

Liverpool announced the departure of its striker on 9 June, a lucky charm especially during their victorious 2019 Champions League campaign with a memorable double in the semi-final return against FC Barcelona (4-0) and another goal in the final against Tottenham (2-0).

Malacia joins Manchester United

Dutch left back Tyrell Malacia has signed a four-year contract with Feyenoord Rotterdam’s Manchester United, the Red Devils announced in a statement on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old international defender (5 caps) is the first summer recruit for United and their new Dutch coach, Erik ten Hag, who came over from Ajax Amsterdam.

“It’s an incredible feeling to come to Manchester United (…) with an incredible coach leading us. I know him because he plays against his teams, I know his qualities and what he demands of his players,” said Malacia. on the club’s website.

Mandanda very close to Rennes

OM prepares to lose (again) a legend. According to information from L’Equipe, Steve Mandanda’s departure is no longer under discussion. The OM goalkeeper (37) has agreed with Rennes.

The international goalkeeper, who was under contract until 2024, is said to have already said goodbye to Marseille’s dressing room, all that remained was to find an agreement between the two clubs.

After a season split between bench and tenure with Pau Lopez, “Il Phenomeno” didn’t want to be put in an identical situation and so decided to leave.

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Former Tottenham coach Nuno Santo signs with Al-Ittihad

Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo, former Tottenham coach, has been appointed coach of Al-Ittihad, replacing Romanian Cosmin Contra, the Saudi club second in the latest championship, announced Monday.

The Portuguese has already coached several top European clubs, including Valencia, Porto, as well as Premier League clubs Wolverhampton (from 2017 to 2021) and Tottenham (just 4 months).

Celik leaves Lille for AS Roma

Turkish international defender Zeki Celik, champion of France in 2021 with Lille, has signed a four-year contract with AS Roma, the Italian club announced on Tuesday.

After four seasons with LOSC, the 25-year-old right-back signed with Roma “until June 30, 2026”, according to the club trained by José Mourinho, winner of the Europa League Conference at the end of May.

According to the Italian press, the amount of the transfer would amount to seven million euros, while 15% of the capital gain linked to a possible future transfer would go to Lille.

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Moroccan Laaziri commits to OL . for four years

The young Moroccan left back Achraf Laaziri has signed a four-year contract with Olympique Lyonnais, the French club announced on Tuesday.

Born in 2003, the international of the Moroccan U20 team was recruited by Fath Union Sport (FUS) in Rabat, with which OL signed a cooperation agreement in 2019.

“This partnership with one of Morocco’s historic clubs has now resulted in the first recruitment of a young Moroccan player,” the Lyon club welcomes.

Laaziri was on trial for three weeks with OL’s reserve in March. He signed until June 30, 2026.

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