It’s almost accepted in football that ‘smaller’ clubs who have seen a bit of success will get raided during the summer months, forcing them to rebuild all over again. In a way, it’s a bit of shame. Who knows, for example, how far the Monaco team that won Ligue 1 in 2016/17 could have gone if they hadn’t been stripped down and sold for parts after that triumph? You can make an argument for reinvestment and renewal, like Ajax might do this summer, but often, they never catch the same lightning in a bottle again.
In light of that, here are four clubs that look to be building something, and who should resist selling to the big clubs this summer.
It might have got lost in the din of other big football stories around Europe, but Lille’s runner-up spot in Ligue 1 and subs...