The best transfers from Ligue 1 featuring a Chelsea bargain and a Highbury hero

first_img 10 10 10 N’Golo Kante: Caen to Leicester – There are not many people who would have predicted the level of success Kante has enjoyed since moving to Leicester in 2015 for £5.5m. He was key to the club’s Premier League success and then won successive titles this up with another winners medal at Chelsea the following season. At Stamford Bridge he won the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. 10 Petr Cech: Rennes to Chelsea – From the start, it was clear Chelsea had an absolute gem on their hands in the 21-year-old goalkeeper. Cech joined in a £9m deal and in 11 years he won every honour on offer in addition to going 1024 minutes without conceding a goal during the 2004/05 season. He left for Arsenal in 2015. Didier Drogba: Marseille to Chelsea – It cost Chelsea £24m to prise Drogba across the Channel, but it was definitely money well spent. In his first eight years at the club he scored 157 goals in 341 games and was a dominant striker during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge. He won four Premier League titles and his penalty in the 2012 Champions League final shoot-out won the Blues the competition. He also won the Premier League Golden Boot award twice. 10 Robert Pires: Marseille to Arsenal – At £5m, Pires is surely one of the best transfers the club ever completed. Having arrived in 2000 as a World Cup and European Championship winner, the creative France international’s added to his collection of medals in six glorious years in north London. He played 284 times, scored 84 goals and won the Premier League twice in addition to three FA Cups. 10 Patrice Evra: Monaco to Man United – Evra arrived with Nemanja Vidic in 2006 and quickly cemented himself in the first team and is regarded as one of the best left-backs to play in the Premier League. At Old Trafford he won five titles as well as the Champions League before joining Juventus in 2014. Michael Essien: Lyon to Chelsea – Despite being hampered by injury, Essien was still a superstar at Stamford Bridge. The midfielder arrived for £24m in 2005 and at the end of the 2006/07 season, when Didier Drogba had scored 33 goals for Chelsea; Essien was crowned supporters’ Player of the Year. He was a force of nature, combining technique, vision and was someone who had strength in abundance. center_img 10 Cesar Azpilicueta: Marseille to Chelsea – Azpilicueta joined Chelsea in 2012 for £6.5m and you’ll struggle to find any of the Stamford Bridge who doesn’t love the defender. Having joined as a 22-year-old full-back, Azpilicueta is one of the club’s most consistent performers and the first names on manager Antonio Conte’s team sheet. 10 David Ginola: Paris Saint-Germain to Newcastle – Ginola was just unstoppable when he ran at defenders, with his shirt flapping over his shorts as he left behind a trail of destruction John Wick would be proud of. Did anyone ever check whether the ball was in fact glued to his feet? Having arrived at Newcastle in 1995 in a £2.5m deal he was an instant hit with fans. Tottenham snapped him up in 1997 and as a Spurs player he won the Players’ Player and Football Writers’ Player of the year in 1999. Eden Hazard: Lille to Chelsea – Hazard joined for £32m in 2012 and he has easily been one of the best players in the league since. He has won two Premier League titles, the League Cup and Europa League in addition to being crowned Players’ Player of the Year in 2015. His stylish play has seen him linked with Real Madrid in recent seasons. 10 getty 10 Last summer Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko were the stand out transfers between Ligue 1 and the Premier League.Thomas Lemar could be the next to cross the Channel, with Liverpool said to be keen on the 22-year-old Monaco midfielder.It remains to be seen whether he will be a hit as some players have set the bar pretty high, as you can see above.Scroll through the gallery to see the 10 best Ligue 1 exports. Hugo Lloris: Lyon to Tottenham – Now in his sixth season in the Premier League, Lloris has demonstrated consistently why many people consider him to be one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. Since arriving in 2012 he has only become better and against Real Madrid in the Champions League this season, he pulled off one of the saves of the season to deny Karim Benzema from close range. He looks super human at times. last_img

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