After having passed the rigorous medical examinations on Saturday in Paris, Rémy Cabella is expected this Sunday in Lille to initial his contract with LOSC, before starting collective training with his new partners on Monday. At 32, free, the former Montpellier resident will sign up for a one-season contract plus one as an option. Which remains a new bet.
At the end of last season, he returned to support the Héraultais after being released in early April by Krasnodar (RUS), due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But he will only have played five games with his former training club. Without convincing. Neither himself nor President Laurent Nicollin. At the end of a big individual preparation, in Corsica and Montpellier, frustrated not to have reversed the table last season, he chose to relaunch in the North.
A team richer in possession midfielders
He is the third player at the end of his contract to join the Dogues this summer after Jonas Martin (2024) and Akim Zedadka (2025). This may imply that shareholders do not necessarily want to untie the stock market. Except that Mohamed Bayo has agreed with the LOSC on the salary plan.
On Saturday, the northern club was close to reaching a final double-digit agreement (between 10 and 15 M€) with Clermont Foot to buy out the last two years of the Guinean striker’s contract with fourteen goals and five assists in Ligue 1. A time courted by Hertha Berlin (GER), the 24-year-old punching center forward, deep player, intends to consolidate his progress in the North by joining his ex-club teammate Akim Zedaka next week.
This boost to recruitment attests to the transformation of the Lille workforce. From a transition team, it is gradually evolving towards a richer formation in possession environments (Martin, André, Angel Gomes, Cabella). With profiles in line with the ambitions of his trainer Paulo Fonseca. The market is also likely to ratify a deeper evolution of the France 2021 champion group, which is entering a new cycle. Still under contract until 2026, midfielder Amadou Onana is in demand. In particular by Monaco or several English clubs.
Renato Sanches will leave
Lille has not planned to give it up this summer. Unless a fantastic proposal. The club even refused an offer of €30m. He bases his claims on the arrival price of Vitinha at PSG (40 M€). The fact remains that if Onana were to leave, only a season after his arrival, for a large indemnity (cut by 20% on the capital gain on resale in favor of Hamburg), Lille could use part of this windfall to strengthen more seriously his team.
It would be a godsend because Renato Sanches will leave her, seriously reducing the payroll and Lille of a world-class player. For the moment, only AC Milan has made an offer of more than 15 M€ to buy his last year of contract. For its part, the PSG would not be ready to put more than 10 M€, which remains insufficient with regard to the northern leaders.