ASSE: Balogun and Ramirez, double whammy in the transfer window!

Eager to strengthen in the winter transfer window, Saint-Etienne must sell to continue to register new arrivals.

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After securing the services of Bakary Sako, Sada Thioub and Paul Bernardoni, Saint-Etienne is at a standstill on the transfer market. And for good reason, the Greens are in an extremely tense financial situation which no longer allows them to recruit without having downsized beforehand. Some players are in the sights of management, this is particularly the case of Ignacio Ramirez. On loan from Liverpool Montevideo, the 24-year-old Uruguayan striker was close to a departure a few days ago. Indeed, an agreement was close to being reached with the Uruguayan club of Nacional. But according to journalist Andrés Cancellara, negotiations between the two South American teams have stalled, which means Ramirez could finally finish the season in Saint-Etienne.

ASSE’s transfer window at a standstill

This setback is relatively handicapping for ASSE in the winter transfer window because while waiting to reduce fat, Saint-Etienne is missing out on good opportunities on the transfer market. The Saint-Etienne club was notably on the track to recruit Folarin Balogun, author of 14 goals in 11 games with the Arsenal U23s since the start of the season. A loan was mentioned for the baby-scorer of the Gunners but by dint of dragging, Saint-Etienne missed this great opportunity of the winter transfer window. Indeed, Folarin Balogun officially committed to Middlesbrough in the Championship, where he was loaned six months without an option to buy by Mikel Arteta’s team. A file that gives rise to regret and frustration in Saint-Etienne, where supporters are starting to grow impatient like Pascal Dupraz. The coach of the Greens is still waiting for at least a reinforcement in defense and a reinforcement in attack. In the offensive sector, the former Prime Video consultant still dreams of Jean-Philippe Mateta, whose loan from Crystal Palace is hoped for by the Saint-Etienne management.

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