Talk­ing Points

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Mar­seille’s new Amer­i­can own­ers have been say­ing for some time that they were ready to in­ject cash and have now put their money where their mouth is, bring­ing in ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tion­als like Adil Rami, Steve Man­danda and Luiz Gus­tavo. Can they put up a real­is­tic chal­lenge for the ti­tle this year? It looks a big ask, but you never just know.

Winger Al­lan Saint-Max­imin had a fine in­di­vid­ual sea­son on loan at rel­e­gated Bas­tia and is now back at par­ent club Monaco. With mid­fielder Rony Lopes also re­turn­ing from a loan spell at Lille and ex-Barcelona strik­ing prospect Jordi Mboula signed up, these new young stars could form the spine of an­other ex­cit­ing young Monaco team.

Win­ning both do­mes­tic cups last sea­son won’t have sat­is­fied PSG, with Monaco beat­ing them to the ti­tle and go­ing fur­ther in the Cham­pi­ons League. The club’s Qatari own­ers will be ex­pect­ing much bet­ter from Unai Emery’s team and they won’t be afraid to spend big to match Europe’s elite.

Mem­phis De­pay ar­rived in Lyon from Manch­ester United back in Jan­uary. Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing time in Eng­land he made more of an im­pact in France and ended the cam­paign with an im­pres­sive seven as­sists.



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