Eager to strengthen his central defence for next season, Claude Puel, the ASSE coach, would like to keep Pape Abou Cisse, on loan from Olympiakos last January. But an Italian club wants to upset the plans of the coach of St. Etienne in this case.
A Denis Bouanga – Pape Cisse exchange in the pipeline
In recent days, the Greek newspaper Sportday revealed that Olympiakos is interested in the profile of Denis Bouanga. After recruiting Yann M’Vila last summer, the Greek giant wants to pick up the Gabonese international from AS Saint-Etienne again. The leaders of the formation where the French international Mathieu Valbuena plays should not delay in making a first concrete offer to ASSE to try to get Denis Bouanga.
On the other hand, Claude Puel, who has fallen in love with Pape Cisse, would like the leaders of the Saint-Etienne club to take advantage of the interest of Olympiakos for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s compatriot, in order to keep the Senegalese central defender permanently. The Greek media specifies that an exchange is under consideration between the two clubs. A solution already validated internally at Olympiakos. But here is that a Serie A club wants to damage this case a few days before the official opening of the summer mercato.
Mercato ASSE : insurmountable competition for Pape Cisse ?
According to the information of Ignazio Genuardi, Pape Cisse is formally desired by AC Fiorentina. The Italian team has even made the 25-year-old Senegalese giant their main priority for the central defender position for this summer. With the departures of Nikola Milenković and Germán Pezzella already scheduled, the Italian team’s leaders are desperate to get their hands on Pape Cisse to strengthen Giuseppe Lachini’s squad.
Sky Sport Italia’s mercato specialist also reveals that the former AC Ajaccio player is “also of interest to French top flight clubs”. On loan to ASSE six months ago, Cisse has an option to buy set at 12 million euros. An amount that Fiorentina would be willing to pay to recruit him quickly. Claude Puel and AS Saint-Etienne are therefore warned.