AS Saint-Étienne (L2) took advantage of the very last hours of the summer transfer window to lighten its workforce a little more. Anxious to get rid of Adil Aouchiche (20), with a salary incompatible with Ligue 2 (€170,000 gross per month), the Saint-Etienne leaders managed to obtain his departure at the buzzer. Just before the clock strikes 11 p.m. and the transfer market closes, the French international midfielder under 20 signed a three-year contract with FC Lorient.
To reach this agreement, the Greens agreed to release him from his last year of contract. In return, the player trained at Paris-SG waived the last installment of his signing bonus of €4 million. It was spread over time and is estimated at €1 million. Aouchiche, however, kept a percentage, greater than 20%, on its future resale.
Sow stays in Forez
If Aouchiche leaves, Saïdou Sow, on the other hand, stays. The club has however received an offer from the Stade de Reims concerning it, at 9 p.m. But the deal blocked the departure conditions of the 20-year-old central defender and under contract until June 30, 2025. While the Greens simply wanted to lend their Guinean international (12 caps), in the form of a paid loan , the Champagne club wanted its loan to be accompanied by a purchase option. What ASSE refused, finally preferring to keep Sow.
Charles Abi (22) will also stay with the Greens. After refusing a loan offer from Valenciennes (L2), the entourage of the striker trained with the Greens, where he remains under contract until June 30, 2024, managed to derail an exchange with Abdul-Aziz Yakubu (23 years old). Saint-Etienne has long sought to recruit the Ghanaian striker from the Portuguese club Rio Avé. But the last arrangement found to make him come finally did not work.
ASSE thus completes its dense summer transfer window with twenty-two departures and eleven arrivals, plus three loan returns (defender Sergi Palencia, attackers Charles Abi and Jean-Philippe Krasso).