ligue1.com takes a look at what impact the four could have on their new clubs.
Danilo Pereira: Porto to PSG
The arrival of the experienced Portugal international is a double-whammy bonus for Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel. The German coach can now use Marquinhos in central defence as he has the player he’s been wanting for some time to sit in front of the back four that he felt had been missing when he did not employ the Brazil international in that role.
Marco Verratti? Not defensive enough. Idrissa Gueye? A ‘number six’ while at LOSC Lille since converted more into a ‘number eight’ in England. Leandro Paredes, Julian Draxler, Angel Di Maria…all have been used in midfield by Tuchel, but none of them like to play a classic holding role.
Danilo will do that. Adding the necessary steel to the abundant silk of the French champions’ line-up. “I’m someone who never gives up, on and off the pitch,” explained the UEFA EURO 2016 winner, who tallied the third-most interceptions in the Portuguese league during his five-year spell at Porto. “During a game, I stay focussed right to the last second, I battle for every ball, and I want to play good football.”
Jeff Reine-Adélaïde: Lyon to Nice (loan)
Who saw this coming? The France U21 captain’s explosive interview in L’Equipe in early September had set the wheels in motion when he said, “I don’t necessarily see my future at Lyon.”
But Hertha Berlin — where Lyon teammate Lucas Tousart went over the