The eleven of free French players this summer

Goalkeeper: Maxime Dupé, in the prime of life

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Back in Ligue 1 with Toulouse this season, more than 1,000 days after his last game with Nantes, Maxime Dupe joined the list of reliable goalkeepers in our championship. If the TFC has already recorded its maintenance 5 days from the end of the championship, the U20 world champion of the Pogba generation is no stranger to this success. Although he confided in “fun” in Haute-Garonne in February, the 30-year-old doorman has still not returned, like other Toulouse executives like Branco van den Boomen, Stijn Spierings or Brecht Dejaegere .

Defence: a cocktail of youth and experience

In the hallways, Sebastien Corchia (32 years old) and Jean-Kevin Duverne (25) should leave two clubs in the West: Nantes and Brest. The first, who arrived three seasons ago on the banks of the Erdre, has seen his starting status wither in favor of Fabien Centonze in recent months. However, the former French international still seems able to bring his experience to a Ligue 1 club. The second, indisputably under the orders of Michel Der Zakarian, then Éric Roy, seems to have reached a new milestone this season. . Tactically malleable, he could bring his versatility to more upscale clubs, and nurture other ambitions than playing for maintenance in Ligue 1.

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Plagued by increasingly recurrent physical problems (16 matches missed this season), Just Rummy has still not communicated on what he will do in June. A year after fulfilling the contract to maintain Ligue 1 with Troyes, the 37-year-old defender seems on the slippery slope but could still bring his experience to a locker room. Evan Ndicka will be one of the great deals to be made from this selection. Recruited in 2018 from Auxerre, the 23-year-old defender rose through the ranks with Eintracht Frankfurt, to the point of being today an unstoppable part of Oliver Glasner’s eleven. A safe bet in his post in Germany, the former French international hopeful (1 selection) has seen his name associated with OM, Rennes, Juventus Turin or even FC Barcelona in recent months.

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Middles: an association with 111 selections

Back on the pitch in early April, eight months after picking up a hamstring injury, N’Golo Kanté – The best of N’Golo Kanté (32 years old) seems to have found the sacred fire. Brilliant against Liverpool in early April where he had given the feeling of flying as during his finest hours, the tricolor international could well animate the transfer window. If Chelsea has never changed its course and intends to keep its world champion, interest from Barça has resurfaced for several weeks in the Spanish press. Case to follow.

At 28, Adrien Rabiot comes to an important turning point in his career. Holder both in club and selection, the French should be spoiled for choice at the end of his contract in June. If Juventus has never hidden its desire to keep the French international, it will however face fierce competition on the file. For several months, corridor noises evoking a return to PSG have echoed. If he will have more embarrassment than choice because of his age (32), Yann M’Vila could be a good deal, especially for some Ligue 1 clubs. The former French international (22 caps), holder under Michel then José Anigo at Olympiakos, has regained continuity in his performances in Greece and comes to the end of the contract.

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Attackers: Marcus Thuram, the golden case

It is already acted for Marcus Thuram. Recruited from Guingamp in 2019, the French international will leave Borussia Mönchengladbach at the end of the season. At the Foals, the player trained in Sochaux will have accumulated quality seasons, to the point of becoming a French international in November 2020 and taking on a role as a luxury joker during the 2022 World Cup. Author of his most prolific exercise this season in the league (13 goals, 5 assists), the versatile 25-year-old striker will be one of the most coveted free players on the market this summer. Already last winter, the eldest of the Thuram siblings had been associated with big European names such as PSG, Barça and Chelsea.

He is the player of this selection whose future is the most certain. Like Luka Modrić or Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema will stack up well for a year with Real Madrid – the Madrid club opting for a drip policy with its 30-somethings. If he has been slowed down by a few physical glitches in recent months, which remain logical to say the least given his age (35), the Ballon d’Or 2022 has started again on maddening standards of efficiency since the post-Coupe resumption of the World (20 goals, 5 assists). It has again recently proven that the European meetings of March constitute its natural habitat. Moussa Dembele should on the other hand leave his club. Recruited in 2018 from Celtic Glasgow, the OL striker is having his second least prolific season since his arrival in the Rhône (3 goals in 22 Ligue 1 games). Holder at the start of the season, the player trained at PSG saw his status atrophy under the orders of Laurent Blanc, who has not used him for 4 games.

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They will also be free next June: Steven Nzonzi (Al Rayyan), Antoine Modeste (Borussia Dortmund), Josuha Guilavogui (Wolfsburg), Matthew Valbuena (Olympic Games), Samuel great sir (Le Havre), Bilal Boutoba (Niort), Ismail Aaneba (Sochaux), Guillaume Bianda (AS Roma), Yanis Cimignani (Ajaccio)

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