With transfer rumours buzzing, which Ligue 1 players could move to the Premier League?
Zlatan Ibrahimovicès contract expires at the end of this season. Source: Sky Sports

Despite Ligue 1 being deemed by many outsiders as a league in decline, as a direct result of the relative dominance of Paris Saint Germain, this has not prevented many clubs demonstrating strong interest in some of its best talent.

From spritely youngsters who've burst onto the scene this year to the experienced talismen who have been touted around as potential transfer targets for many years already, it seems inevitable that the league will be without a few of its current big names by the time the first balls are kicked at the start of next season.

Here are six players who've been linked repeatedly with moves away from France this summer:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The outspoken Swede's contract at Paris Saint Germain runs out this summer, and despite having won four Ligue 1 titles in four seasons at the Parc des Princes, he is allegedly keen to move on to another club. 

There is certainly interest for a player who tops the Ligue 1 goals and assists chart, having scored 30 and set up another 11 goals, and who has 380 goals in 687 club games during his career.

He has scored 105 goals in 117 Ligue 1 games for PSG and while his age may deter some, it hasn't flustered Premier League sides Manchester United and Arsenal, who are desperate to secure his signature.

Lassana Diarra

Lassana Diarra is moving again?! Olympique de Marseille is Diarra's eighth club that he has represented in his senior career, and despite having spent no more than a year at the Stade Velodrome it seems that he may be holding up a jersey of another club at some stage this summer.

Unusually for Diarra, this is not because of him being unsettled at Marseille but due to him winning rave reviews for his performances and consequently a recall to the French national team ahead of the European Championships this summer. His tenacity in central midfield have won him plaudits throughout his career and the former Real Madrid man has certainly experienced a resurgence in form having joined Marseille last summer on a free transfer.

His market value is currently £5.63 Million according to Transfermarkt, yet with big clubs such as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur interested in the Frenchman, Marseille may yet have to field bids of double this figure.

Lassana Diarra spent time at Arsenal, Chelsea and Portsmouth in England. Source: Metro News FR

Ousmane Dembélé

While two Dembele's may be receiving their fair share of praise in England's top two divisions, Stade Rennais' Ousmane Dembele has turned his fair share of heads in Ligue 1 this term.

Having only made his full debut in late November 2015, the Frenchman has scored 12 times in 20 league appearances and is being touted as one of Europe's most talented prospects. Consequently, the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and even FC Barcelona have been linked with a summer move for the 18 year old, after Barca's sporting director Robert Fernandez was spotted watching the winger in action.

French fans will be devastated to see such an exciting talent move to new pastures, but they will hope he will play a prominent role in their national team's performances in the near future, as he's represented France U21s recently despite his Malian heritage.

Dembele has recently been capped twice by France U21s. Source: Goal


The Brazillian versatile defender has been highly rated ever since he moved from Cruzeiro to Roma in 2012 and speculation over his future still persists. Having had bids rejected from Chelsea last summer, he looks set to leave Ligue 1 this time around with his agent confirming this following Laurent Blanc's assertion that he would be open to the Brazillian's departure.

A languid and athletic central defender with excellent defensive judgement, who at only 21 years of age looks set to become one of the world's best centre back, it is unsurprising that Barcelona have held a long standing interest in the Brazillian, and it seems inevitable that this interest will come to a head this summer. 

PSG will most likely hold out for at least £30 Million for a player who has made 104 appearances for the Parisian club, winning three league titles in the progress.

Marquinhos was impressive during PSGès recent Champions League win over Chelsea. Source: Squawka

Michy Batshuayi

Batshuayi's goalscoring exploits for Standard Liege aroused strong interest for him back in 2014, and following prolific form for Marseille in his first two seasons at the Stade Velodrome the rumour mill is suggesting that he may look to take another step up via a transfer elsewhere.

He has scored 19 and assisted 10 more for Marseille in all competitions this term, and has also subsequently raised significant interest from West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur amongst others. Tottenham have been keen on the Belgian since his time at Standard Liege, and it is rumoured that he is at the top of a long list of transfer targets, many of whom eminate from Ligue 1.

Arguably a suitable strike partner for Spurs talisman Harry Kane, Batshuayi has the energy and aggresion of a top striker whilst having a lethal eye for goal. Marseille fans may be encouraged that the forward signed a new contract in January, but many believe he will follow a similar path as former AS Monaco man Anthony Martial by joining a Premier League club this summer.

Both Batshuayi and Ibrahimovic (also pictured above) may leave Ligue 1 this summer. Source: Bleacher Report

Vincent Koziello

While Koziello may have the smallest reputation out of those on this list, he has the potential to forge a formidable footballing career. With unceasing energy, which allows him to press tirelessly, and excellent distribution, which enables him to start attacks from the outset, he promises to become a rare breed of all-rounded midfielder able to contribute to many facets of the game. 

Standing at only 5 foot and 6 inches, his rise has been an unlikely one given the physicality of the modern game, as this season he has been able to establish himself in the OGC Nice starting line-up as they have risen to fifth in Ligue 1, pushing for a place in a European competition next year, He has even attracted the attention of clubs such as Arsenal, AC Milan and Chelsea, with Arsenal in particular keen to launch a bid this summer to land the services of the French U21 player.

Given his relatively minor reputation a move away could come cheaply for either of these clubs, but it Nice's unwillingness to sell a future key player must not be underestimated.