Soccer. Samba, Mandanda, Malacia… this Tuesday’s transfer window

Samba strengthens Lens

Goalkeeper Brice Samba, who played three seasons at Nottingham Forest, the club with which he just won promotion to the Premier League, has signed a five-year contract with RC Lens, the artesian club announced on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Congolese remains on the other side of the English Channel for three full seasons. He was notably the hero of last May’s semi-final, when he saved three shots on goal against Sheffield United.

In Lens, he will become the number 1 of a side who suffered a stroke of luck last month when they tore the anterior cruciate ligament in Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez’s left knee.

“Compared to the opportunity to play in the Premier League and the requests he had after his great season, Brice made a strong choice in joining Lens,” said sporting director Florent Ghisolfi in the press release announced the arrival of the player on the official racing website.

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AC Milan have formalized the arrival of Origi

Belgian international striker Divock Origi has signed a four-year deal with AC Milan at the end of his contract with Liverpool, the Italian champions club announced on Tuesday, robbing Zlatan Ibrahimovic until 2023.

“AC Milan are delighted to announce the signing of Divock Origi. The Belgian has signed a contract with the club until June 30, 2026, ”indicates the formation of Serie A on its website, formalizing the arrival of the 27-year-old player.

Liverpool announced the departure of their striker on 9 June, a godsend especially during their 2019 Champions League victorious season with a memorable brace in the semi-final second leg against FC Barcelona (4-0) and another capital goal in the final against Tottenham (2-0).

Malacia joins Manchester United

Dutch left-back Tyrell Malacia has signed a four-year deal with Manchester United from Feyenoord Rotterdam, the Red Devils announced on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old international defender (5 caps) is the first summer recruit for United and their new Dutch coach, Erik ten Hag, who arrived from Ajax Amsterdam.

“It’s an incredible feeling to move to Manchester United (…) with an incredible coach to guide us. I know him for playing against his teams, I know his qualities and what he asks of his players” , said Malacia on the club’s website.

Mandanda very close to Rennes

OM prepare to lose (another) legend. According to information from L’Equipe, Steve Mandanda’s departure is no longer in doubt. The OM goalkeeper, 37, has agreed to join Rennes.

Under contract until 2024, the international goalkeeper would have already said goodbye to the Marseille dressing room, it only remained to find an agreement between the two clubs.

After a season between bench and tenure with Pau Lopez, “Il Phenomeno” didn’t want to be put in an identical situation and therefore decided to leave.

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Former Tottenham manager Nuno Santo has signed for Al-Ittihad

Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo, former Tottenham manager, has been appointed manager of Al-Ittihad, replacing Romanian Cosmin Contra, the Saudi club who finished runners-up in the last championship on Monday.

The Portuguese has coached several top European clubs including Valencia, Porto as well as Premier League clubs Wolverhampton (from 2017 to 2021) and Tottenham (for 4 months only).

Celik leaves Lille for AS Roma

Turkey international defender Zeki Celik, French champion in 2021 with Lille, has signed a four-year contract with AS Roma, the Italian club announced on Tuesday.

After four seasons at LOSC, the 25-year-old right-back has signed with Roma “until 30 June 2026”, according to the José Mourinho-led club, who won the Europa League winners at the end of May.

According to the Italian press, the amount of the transfer would be €7 million, while 15% of the capital gain linked to a possible future transfer would go to Lille.

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Moroccan Laaziri has signed a four-year contract with OL

Young Moroccan left-back Achraf Laaziri has signed a four-year contract with Olympique Lyonnais, the French club announced on Tuesday.

Born in 2003, international player in the Moroccan U20 team, the player was recruited by Fath Union Sport (FUS) in Rabat, with whom OL signed a partnership deal in 2019.

“This cooperation with one of the most traditional clubs in Morocco has now led to the first signing of a young Moroccan player,” says the club from Lyon.

Laaziri was on trial with the OL reserve for three weeks in March. He signed up by June 30, 2026.

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