Transferred for 13 million euros to Red Bull Salzburg, the former Saint-Etienne, Lucas Gourna upsets this classification. Back to the 10 biggest sales in the history of Ligue 2.
Having become a championship scrutinized by all the clubs of the 5 biggest European championships, Ligue 2 has accustomed us for several years to significant sums concerning the departure of its players. Focus on the 10 biggest sales in the history of the elite antechamber.
10: Adrian Grbic
The 10th in this ranking is Adrian Grbic. The native of Vienna flew to FC Lorient for the sum of 9 million euros in the summer of 2020. The Austrian striker came out of a more than convincing season in the jersey of Clermont (17 goals in 26 games of League 2). Since then, the Austrian striker has never won in the Breton club which he loaned to Vitesse Arnhem last January.
9: Marcus Thuram
For Marcus Thuram, things are completely different. Lillian’s son left Guingamp during the 2019 summer transfer window. The reason: the club’s relegation to Ligue 2 during the 2018/2019 season. Author of 9 goals that year, the native of Parma (Italian) commits for 9 million euros to Borussia Monchengladbach. The latter comes out of a difficult season with the German club with only 3 goals scored in the Bundesliga this season. A departure for OGC Nice cannot be ruled out for the French international.
8: Manu Kone
The Foals definitely like Ligue 2. Author of a full season in Ligue 2 during the 2020/2021 financial year with his training club Toulouse FC, the promising midfielder decided during the following summer to give a new dimension to his career. With this in mind, Manu Koné decides to join Borussia Monchengladbach. In this operation, the TFC recovers 9 million euros plus bonuses. For his first season in Germany, the French international hopeful played 27 games in the Bundesliga.
7: Harrison Marcelin
His name will certainly not tell you much, yet Harisson Marcelin is 8th in this ranking. Considered a young nugget by French football observers, the former AJ Auxerre player signed up for Monaco during the 2020 winter transfer window. A transfer of around 10 million euros according to Transfermarkt. Since then, the native of Le Port has never worn the Monegasque tunic. The increased competition in his position in midfield certainly didn’t help him. At 22, Harisson Marcelin could leave ASM during this summer transfer window.
6: Raphael Varane
He is certainly the best known name in this ranking. Raphaël Varane is in 7th place. Before becoming the defender of Real Madrid and the France team, the native of Lille suffered a complicated first professional season with his training club, RC Lens. Indeed, the Arthois club was relegated at the end of the 2010-2011 Ligue 1 season. Author of a promising season that year, the current Manchester United player joined Real Madrid in the summer 2011. A transfer for 11 million. The rest, we know. The defender won 4 Champions League with Real Madrid and lifted the World Cup with the Blues in 2018.
5: Tino Kadewere: when a career changes in a Ligue 2 season
Let’s be honest, who knew Tino Kadewere before his formidable 2019-2020 season with Le Havre, no one. Author of a formidable season under the colors of the HAC (20 goals in 24 games), the Zimbabwean quickly became the most bankable striker in France. Tracked by several Ligue 1 clubs, it was ultimately Olympique Lyonnais who obtained his signature for the sum of 12 million euros during the 2020 winter transfer window.
A season that the 26-year-old striker failed to confirm. He should even leave Les Gones this summer. Indeed, it has an exit voucher from Jean-Michel Aulas who wishes to get rid of it.
4: Alexis Claude-Maurice: the shooting star of Ligue 2
Another player who has never made it to Ligue 1, Alexis Claude-Maurice. Yet in the summer of 2019, all observers are adamant: ACM has the potential to become a great player. It must be said that the winger is coming off a great individual season with FC Lorient (14 goals and 4 assists in 35 Ligue 2 games). Transferred to Nice for an amount of around 13 million euros according to Transfermarkt, the 24-year-old player has never won on the Côte d’Azur in 3 seasons. euros.
3: Lucas Gourna-Douath
He appears in this ranking, Lucas Gourna-Douath. The midfielder trained at AS Saint-Etienne flew to Austria and Red Bull Salzburg. The Saint-Etienne club recovered 13 million plus any bonuses in the operation. The French under-19 international joins his compatriots Antoine Bernede but also Oumar Solet. Author of a promising season despite the descent of ASSE in Ligue 2, Lucas Gourna-Douath will try to definitively launch his career in the firm Red Bull.
2: Sebastien Frey
He is the surprise of this list, Sébastien Frey. The French goalkeeper has long held the record for the biggest sale in the history of Ligue 2. It must be said that in the summer of 1998, Inter Milan did not skimp on the means to convince their training club , AS Cannes to sell it. In the end, the two parties agree on a transfer of 14 million euros. A large sum at the time.
The native of Thonon-Les-Bains had a very good career in Italy. A career that ended in Turkey at Bursaspor. Since then, the latter has taken care of Villefranche Saint-Jean Beaulieu FC, resident of National 3.
1: Serhou Guirassy, the biggest sale in the history of Ligue 2
He is at the top of this ranking; Serhou Guirassy. After a convincing season in the jersey of Amiens (9 goals in 23 Ligue 1 games), the Guinean striker commits to Rennes for the sum of 15 million euros during the summer transfer window 2020. He then becomes the 5th recruit the most expensive in the history of the Breton club. Having become one of the most regular elements of the Rennes attack, the striker indicated at the end of the season his desire to leave Rennes if his status as a replacement for Gaëtan Laborde is confirmed.