Saint-Etienne have taken another step towards staying in the top flight last weekend, but they are about to experience a turbulent summer. The team is set to part ways with several players, including African internationals.
The season is not over yet, but the next one is already underway. The clubs have started to fine-tune their strategies for the summer transfer market. For most of them, before buying, they will first have to clear out some of the players considered surplus in supply. This is the case for AS Saint-Etienne.
While it started with three consecutive successes, they then experienced a huge air gap and ended up fighting for survival. AS Saint-Etienne is currently 15th after 31 games. They are 7 points ahead of Nimes, who they beat last weekend (2-0). It was Wahbi Khazri who put his teammates in orbit with a splendid goal. The second in a row away from home for the 29-year-old Tunisian. And yet, the player is not certain to stay with the club. He has one year left on his contract and the directors have not yet offered him anything. It is rumored behind the scenes that AS Saint-Etienne will give him a release.
As for Ryad Boudebouz (31 years). The Algerian international is not at all in Claude Puel's plans. He has only made 13 appearances this season in Ligue 1 for one assist. He arrived at the club in July 2019 and his contract expires in June 2022.
Saint-Etienne would therefore like to sell him this summer so as not to continue to support his salary and especially to see him leave freely in a year's time. The market value of the left-footed attacking midfielder is currently estimated at €2.5m.
Another African international who is not expected to stay in the Rhone Alps: Pape Abdou Cissé. The 25-year-old Senegalese defender, on loan from Olympiakos last January, is not convincing according to the technical staff who will want to offload him and likely go for another defender in the summer window.