AS Saint-Etienne is still in very great sporting difficulty. The Greens are indeed 20th in Ligue 2 and the threat of relegation to National is becoming more and more precise. This is why the Saint-Etienne club is active on the transfer market, with a second recruit.
After attracting AJ Auxerre striker Gaëtan Charbonnier to Forez and failing to bring in Algerian Faouzi Ghoulam, ASSE announced on Tuesday the signing of Dennis Appiah. The 30-year-old midfielder, who played in L1 at FC Nantes and went through Monaco, Caen or Anderlecht, signed in Saint-Etienne until 2025, for a sum not yet disclosed.
The Frenchman, who played a lot with Nantes during the first part of the season (22 games, including 6 in the Europa League), spoke to the press about his signing and his collective ambitions. The midfielder thinks that his qualities will be able to fill a lack of the workforce: “I’m coming to a team that knows how to play football, that’s not the problem. But she needs more aggressiveness to get out of this gloom linked to the recent relegation of the club. I am here to bring everything I know how to do, while bringing my experience so that we can all get out of this difficult situation together.”
A mission that does not look easy, while ASSE is 6 points behind 17th, Rodez.
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– AS Saint-Etienne (@ASSEofficiel) January 3, 2023
Selling at a standstill?
In addition to the transfer window and the field, AS Saint-Etienne is also in the news on the side of a possible sale. For several months now, rumors have been evoking several interests for the takeover of the Greens, which Roland Romeyer and Bernard Caïazzo, the co-presidents of ASSE, now want to sell. But according to the latest information from Goal Soccer Clubthe sale, for now, is just a sweet mirage.
Indeed, the businessman David Blitzer, a time interested, is no longer in the race. And the bank mandated by the French club for this operation, KPMG, would no longer have received any interest for the Greens. At present, the sale of AS Saint-Etienne is therefore at a standstill, which saddens the journalist Romain Molina, who affirms, in a video on his channel Youtubethat the direction has something to do with it: “The club is sinking, but the leaders don’t see it! It’s not even parallel reality anymore. They’ve created a world for themselves… it makes them all crazy. (…) Frankly, such a level of amateurism…”
If there is no sale, and a new direction, a good transfer window could nevertheless help save the Greens from descending into Hell.