The waltz of the guards. This summer, the gatekeepers market is driving the transfer window in Europe. And France is no exception. This Tuesday, Jessy Moulin, loyal to ASSE for twenty years, joined the Estac. For its part, RC Lens has recruited Valentino Lesieur (Nantes), who has come to continue his progression alongside the experienced Jean-Louis Leca. The reigning French champion is also affected by movements. Besides Hervé Koffi, who left for Charleroi, LOSC sold Mike Maignan to AC Milan. To replace him, Robin Olsen, for whom Roma are claiming 6 million euros, is on pole.
Navas-Donnarumma, an upcoming puzzle for Pochettino
Other L1 leaders have already recruited for this post. Paris Saint-Germain jumped at the good opportunity Gianluigi Donnarumma. Author of a beautiful Euro, the 22-year-old goalkeeper signed for 5 years in the capital, he who was at the end of his contract with the Rossoneri. A great deal financially and sportingly. But that could be a problem. Paris, which has a dozen guardians under contract, was already filled for this post. Especially since Keylor Navas, who has fulfilled his mission since his arrival from Real Madrid two years ago, extended his contract until 2024 on April 26. Appreciated on the pitch as in the locker room, the 34-year-old therefore sees a strong competitor arrive.
Besides, the arrival of Donnarumma will already make a victim. Lining Navas, Sergio Rico must find a point of fall, since Alexandre Letellier will occupy the position of n ° 3 in the hierarchy. Maurico Pochettino, who now has two world-class goalkeepers but with different profiles, will have to manage competition and cohabitation between two potential holders to avoid ego and locker room problems. What some of his predecessors had to do in particular with the Sirigu, Trapp, Areola or Buffon cases.
OM and Monaco have also recruited a potential No. 1
And if Keylor Navas starts with a few steps ahead, he who knows the team, the coach and the L1 well, Donnarumma will have arguments to make. Former coach of the Manchester United goalkeepers and the Dutch team with Louis van Gaal, Frans Hoek gives us his opinion on this competition. “For me, Gianluigi Donnarumma has a different class. If he can continue what he did at the Euro, he can win in Paris ”. At the rival, Olympique de Marseille, we could also experience a similar problem. Jorge Sampaoli wanted a number one encore this summer and he got it.
Pau Lopez (26 years old) therefore arrived in the form of a pay-for-pay loan (€ 720,000 plus € 500,000 in bonus) with a purchase option of € 12 million. A keeper who comes to bring real competition to an aging Steve Mandanda (36 years old) but still appreciated in the Marseille city. The latter would not necessarily be delighted with the arrival of a competitor. Anyway, it is on the ground that the two men will be separated, since the hierarchy is not yet established. On the side of AS Monaco, Alexander Nübel (24) arrived in the form of a two-year loan.
He has an option to return to Bayern Munich next year. Desired by Niko Kovac, the German cohabits with Benjamin Lecomte, currently injured (tear in the thigh). An injury that comes at the worst time for the French doorman who arrived two years ago from Montpellier. Kovac has said the goalkeeper who makes his Champions League debut will start this season. And a priori, there is a good chance that it is Nübel. In Lyon, Peter Bosz, who arrived this summer, wants to recruit André Onana (25) to bring more technique in particular. And the Ajax goalkeeper, suspended 9 months for doping last January, is interested in this challenge with a coach he knows well.
OL want Onana to jostle Anthony Lopes
We still have to come to an agreement with the Dutch club, which asks for 10 million euros when Lyon about 3 with bonuses, but the case seems to be on the right track. Number one for several years, Anthony Lopes will therefore be jostled. Juninho had already tried to do it in 2019 with Ciprian Tatarusanu. But Sylvinho like Rudi Garcia had bet on the Portuguese. The Romanian had left after a year. Julian Pollersbeck arrived last year as No.2. With Onana, a goalkeeper claimed by Bosz in person, the situation will be different for Lopes, who will have to fight for his place, who had called for the arrival of a new goalkeeper coach (Vercoutre). A challenge in the ropes of the player trained in Lyon.
Despite everything, his competitor, who would like to play the next CAN, would start a little ahead as explained by Frans Hoek. “André Onana has been good overall at Ajax Amsterdam. But he also made some big mistakes. I am thinking of the Liverpool-Ajax match last year for example. But Peter Bosz knows him very well, which helps ”. The coach, who has been clear about his desires, will therefore have to manage this situation if Onana arrives. What Frans Hoek knows well, who has had to deal with that in particular in selection or with MU where he directed David De Gea in particular.
Slice quickly to avoid problems
“I have already experienced these situations because it is part of the high level. You need two very good goalies. There are many possible combinations, but you have to be successful in dealing with it. You have to be clear with everyone, even number 3 or even 4 or 5. You have to make sure that everyone is always ready to take over or come in when needed. We can also change according to the competitions and put the number 2 in cups. It is not an easy situation to manage. But for it to work, you need to be honest, clear, and to the point. You have to communicate and decide sometimes. If number 2 can’t handle it, he has to go, that’s obvious! “
For Fabien Barthez, interviewed by The Parisian a few years ago, you absolutely had to make a choice. “For me, you can’t say, ‘You are two number 1’. Competition, I am against. The goalkeeper does not know where he is going, he is struggling to progress. It can’t work. It is an aberration. I spoke about it with other very great goalkeepers. We all share this feeling. (…) It weakens the two goalkeepers, but also the team. You have defenders who are in front of you, with affinities. You need feeling with them. You speak of the look. It’s gestures, attitudes ”. It remains to be seen how Pochettino, Sampaoli, Bosz & co will handle this complex situation!