AS Saint-Etienne : The 10 most expensive sales of this transfer window in Ligue 1 | ASSE News

February 1, 2022 at 0:10 by Nicolas Toison

Ligue 1 transfer transfer window
Bruno Guimaraes in Newcastle, a record for OL and Ligue 1.

The winter transfer window is, in most cases, calmer than that of summer. Less time, less resources and above all, fewer selling clubs. The 2021-2022 version is no exception to the rule. This year, defending champions LOSC, as well as OL and OM, were among the best-selling clubs. Conversely, teams like PSG or ASSE have remained behind.

Important departures from OL and LOSC

This transfer market goes down in the history of Ligue 1. With a departure from Olympique Lyonnais at more than 40 million euros, Bruno Guimaraes becomes the most expensive sale in the history of the French championship, for a winter. Lille needed cash and were very enterprising, parting ways with Jonathan Ikoné and Thiago Maia early on for 14 and 4 million euros respectively.

PSG and OM needed to relieve finances

Other clubs, such as the current leader of the championship, Paris, but also Marseille, had a need to recover transfer compensation, or to reduce their payroll this winter. It’s done via loans for the capital club, and transfers for OM. In a delicate sporting situation, AS Saint-Etienne has given priority to reinforcements in order to give itself a chance to maintain itself at the end of the season.

The 10 most expensive sales of the transfer window in Ligue 1

Bruno Guimaraes, from OL to Newcastle = €42.1m
Romain Faivre, from Stade Brestois to OL = €15m
Jonathan Ikoné, from LOSC to Fiorentina = €14m
Bilal Brahimi, from SCO Angers to OGC Nice = 7 M€
Thiago Maia, from LOSC to Flamengo = 4 M€
Hassane Kamara, from OGC Nice to Watford = €4m
Wilson Isidor, from AS Monaco to Loko Moscow = €3.5m
Samuel Kalu, from FCGB to Watford = €3m
Dario Benedetto, from OM to Boca Juniors = 3 M€
Yusuf Yazici, from LOSC to CSKA Moscow = €0.35m (paid loan)
Renaud Emond, from FC Nantes to Standard Liège = €200,000

Compensation paid on transfers excluding possible bonuses on each of them