MERCATO – CAPOUE, LAINEZ, PINO… THE PLAYERS OF LIGA THAT THE LEAGUE 1 WOULD HAVE INTEREST TO OBSERVE

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Much to the dismay of Real Madrid and more generally La Liga, Kylian Mbappé will not play in the Spanish league next season. But the bad news could pile up if Ligue 1 were to dip into the most interesting elements of their border neighbor. Here’s a roundup of potential bargains. 

Yeremy Pino (19, Villarreal)
On November 10, Yeremy Pino entered the San Siro pitch wearing a Spain shirt to face France in the 2021 Nations League final. Three minutes after his entrance, La Roja opened the score. Coincidence or chance? Either way, this hard-hitting winger is proving his ability to play among the best players in Europe. This year with Villarreal, Pino has reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. In La Liga, the boy had good phases with the highlight a quadruple scored against Espanyol Barcelona (5-1), but his explosion had to stop prematurely because of an ankle injury. And if France, finally winner of the final in Milan, gave him a second chance to shine?

Diego Lainez (22 years old, Real Betis)
A great promise of Mexican soccer, Diego Lainez arrived in Seville three and a half years ago. If the first seasons had their share of satisfaction with 16 games in four months to start, 18 appearances in all competitions in 2019-2020 and 25 games on the counter in 2020-2021, the third round put a big stop in his statistics with… 7 games played in 2021-2022. With a knee injury at the beginning of the season, Lainez was no longer favored by Manuel Pellegrini and his role in Betis’ fine season (fifth in La Liga and winner of the King’s Cup) was only minor.
Feasibility index: 5/10. Already tracked by the OL when he arrived in Europe, Lainez had finally chosen another challenge. At a time when he needs to find playing time to secure a place at the next World Cup, the winger could get a place of choice in a mid-table team of Ligue 1.

Diego Lainez (22, Real Betis)
A great promise of Mexican soccer, Diego Lainez arrived in Seville three and a half years ago. If the first seasons had their share of satisfaction with 16 games in four months to start, 18 appearances in all competitions in 2019-2020 and 25 games on the counter in 2020-2021, the third round put a big stop in his statistics with… 7 games played in 2021-2022. With a knee injury at the beginning of the season, Lainez was no longer favored by Manuel Pellegrini and his role in Betis’ fine season (fifth in La Liga and winner of the King’s Cup) was only minor.
Feasibility index: 5/10. Already tracked by the OL when he arrived in Europe, Lainez had finally chosen another challenge. At a time when he needs to find playing time to secure a place at the next World Cup, the winger could get a place of choice in a mid-table team of Ligue 1.

Isco (30, Real Madrid)
This target is obviously not accessible for all Ligue 1 clubs, but it has the merit of existing for Paris Saint-Germain recently parted with Ángel Di María. After nine seasons with Real Madrid, Isco is nearing the end of his contract and will probably leave the Spanish capital. The Spanish international, who has a wealth of European experience with five Champions League titles to his name, is looking for a new project to secure a starting berth and keep his chances of being called up by Luis Enrique for the next World Cup.
Feasibility index: 2/10. Despite his experience at the highest level, Isco would not really fit with the new recruitment policy of PSG. In addition to that, the information from Spain is that an agreement has already been found with Real Betis…
Joselu (32 years old, CD Alavés)
If a Ligue 1 club is looking for a confident and cheap striker, the current Deportivo Alavés forward is the man to hire. With 14 goals in La Liga and an average of 0.38 goals per game, José Luís Mato Sanmartín has had a full season on an individual level. This is not so much the case in the collective aspect, as the Babazorros finished last with the worst attack in the league (31 goals) and will play next season in the second division. In the past, this striker trained at Celta de Vigo has experienced other European leagues with the Bundesliga (Hoffenheim, Frankfurt, Hannover) and the Premier League (Stoke City, Newcastle United).

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