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.