Posted on November 25, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. by Arthur Montagne
Stuck in the red zone of Ligue 1, ASSE will have to strengthen this winter to redress the bar, but also to compensate for the many departures from CAN. But it will be necessary to deal with the financial worries of the club. Winter promises to be hot in Forez.
The end of the year for ASSE is very busy. The owners have effectively announced that the sale process has been postponed, forcing the current management to have to manage the winter transfer window which will open on January 1. A market that promises to be crucial for two reasons. The first is obviously sporting since the Greens will seek to strengthen themselves in order to maintain themselves as quickly as possible, and the second concerns the CAN which will take place between January 9 and February 6. Indeed, Denis Bouanga (Gabon), Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia), Saïdou Sow (Guinea), Harold Moukoudi and Yvan Neyou (Cameroon), or even Madhi Camara , courted by The Gambia and Zaydou Youssouf , by the Comoros, will probably be selected by their selection. Recently, Jean-François Soucasse also confirmed the intentions of the ASSE . “Obviously, the club wants to be active for this transfer window. Profiles have been targeted, contacts made. We are obviously keen to be able to bring more comfort and solutions to this team to ensure this objective which is ours, to ensure the maintenance ”, assured the executive president of the Greens at the microphone of France Bleu.
Puel wants at least two players
A wish obviously shared by Claude Puel who assured in the columns of L'Equipe that the ASSE “Wants to try to recruit and we need it. But given our envelope, we will be relying on loans. I hope we can find two or three rare birds that will give the team confidence to move forward. Indeed, the trend is clear. L'Equipe revealed in its columns on Wednesday that the Greens' provisional budget provides for slightly positive accounts (+ € 60,000) as well as cash of € 5.8 million. Therefore, passing in front of the DNCG should not be a problem. This does not mean that the ASSE may flare up this winter. Recruitment will require zero expenditure on transfer compensation and minimum salaries. According to information from BUT Football Club, the Stéphanois will therefore turn to free players or free loans. A fairly small market, especially in January, and which generally evolves in the last days of the transfer window. But ASSE will not be able to afford to wait to strengthen given the fact that the CAN starts on January 9 and that the start of the year promises to be busy with a first round of Coupe de France and three crucial meetings in Ligue 1. In the event of sales of players, ASSE could have a larger envelope, but the idea is absolutely not to weaken even more an already light workforce and which will cut off many elements during the CAN. Ideally, Claude Puel would like to attract as a priority a central defender and an attacker who takes depth. For that it will be necessary to be reactive and clever and scrutinizing the market of the players who have a low playing time in the big clubs. Winter promises to be crucial and very hot for ASSE, which will have to draw very early on the transfer window.