A prestigious start in the pipes

RC Lens continues its dream season. After qualifying with style against Stade Brestois, the Sang et Or will face FC Lorient for one of the best displays of these round of 16. Yesterday, Lensois supporters learned of Florian Sotoca’s extension until 2026, giving the passage of a magnificent scene of joy between the players. Everything is fine, but a player could well leave soon. Details.

Drawing : "Mercato Lens: A prestigious start in the pipeline "

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With the arrival of Adrien Thomasson or even that of Julien Le Cardinal, RC Lens did not hesitate to spend while doing it intelligently. Thus, the first comes to bring his experience, his versatility and his overflowing activity for the modest sum of 4 million euros. Already valuable against Stade Brestois, the supporters were able to appreciate his integration like that of the medical joker Julien Le Cardinal who delivered his first decisive pass during the same match. In the sense of departure, only Gaël Kakuta was shown the exit door but an international could join a big European team.

A necessarily acceptable transfer?

Indeed, Deiver Machado still shines as much within the artesian club and Atlético Madrid has noticed it and made it its priority at the left piston position. At the end of the contract in a year and a half, the Lensois leaders initially wanted to extend the contract of the Colombian international but this interest has upset the player’s order of priorities. If the Colchoneros have a disastrous season on the European scene and very complicated in their domestic championship, the club does not lose its grandeur and this transfer represents a golden opportunity for the 29-year-old player. Especially since the Spanish club should loan Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco to FC Barcelona since the player only has eyes for the Catalan club. Thus, Atlético would like to replace him with a similar profile, with an offensive character and more customary for the position, which is why Diego Simeone would have checked the names of Deiver Machado and Ramy Bensebaïni. If the Colchoneros have not made any offers at the moment, it is hard to imagine RC Lens succeeding in keeping a player who would make a gargantuan sporting and financial leap and would be one year from the end of his contract this summer.

RC Lens could therefore lose its regular holder at the left piston position, a significant loss but which would be compensated by Massadio Haïdara who extended until 2025 a few weeks ago and who, as soon as he is appealed, responds present and represents a very solid alternative to the Colombian piston. In itself, there is no panic in the house among the Sang et Or who are always one step ahead by anticipating with mastery each possibility of transfer. To be continued…

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