Valenciennes: Serie A and La Liga on the heels of Souleymane Basse


By: Manu Tournoux

Red lantern in Ligue 2, Valenciennes is experiencing a nightmare season and should, barring an incredible turnaround, play in the National next season. In this slump, the northern club can, however, dream of a Coupe de France final within a few weeks. And for good reason, Ahmed Kantari's men are having an exceptional campaign so far and are preparing to cross swords with Olympique Lyonnais next Tuesday at Groupama Stadium for the semi-finals of the competition. A more than honorable performance that the Valenciennes owe in particular to one man: Souleymane Basse. Now aged 20, this 1m82 left-back, who arrived from Génération Foot in the summer of 2023, has indeed achieved very good performances in the VAFC jersey, particularly in the Coupe de France.

Endowed with above-average technical quality, very good defensively and valuable around the opponent's surface, the native of Thiès logically arouses envy. International hopeful from Senegal, winner of the last U20 CAN and present during the U20 World Cup with the young Senegalese nuggets, the one who sees his contract run until June 2027 is particularly popular in Serie A. With this in mind and according to our latest information, the Hellas Verona, 15th in the Italian championship, has already come forward for information. And that's not all. If other transalpine teams are interested in his profile, La Liga is also on board. Still according to our indiscretions, Osasuna is one of the Spanish teams attentive to its situation. So many interests which are enough to make Valenciennes tremble, almost condemned to relegation. In the meantime, the residents of the Stade du Hainaut will be able (again) to take advantage of their protégé to try to overthrow Pierre Sage's troops…

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