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Ligue 1: Top two already decided

Falcao is one of Monaco's big money signings (©GettyImages)
Falcao is one of Monaco's big money signings (©GettyImages).

Ligue 1 has rapidly developed in recent years, with a huge influx of money coming into the league. 

This is due mostly to two clubs: its current champions Paris Saint-Germain and the Second league champions AS Monaco.

With these two clubs recruiting stars that only a few in Europe can afford, is the 2013/14 season already played? 

With Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez already signing at AS Monaco and Edinson Cavani's signature in negotiation for Paris, the French league has seen a lot of activity already in this year's summer transfer window.

With the declining financial resources for the other clubs of the league, we can ask if the two spots for a direct Champions League qualification are already taken? 

Olympique Lyonnais's president Jean Michel Aulas recently in the press announced that he will try to cut big salaries and sell some players such as Bafetimbe Gomis, Michel Bastos, Jimmy Briand, and Lisandro Lopez, which may mean a less competitive team than the one which took the third place this year. 

For the other Olympique, Marseille, the direct qualification for the Champions League allows them to keep the squad as it is for now, but with the uncertain future of Nicolas N'Koulou, André-Pierre Gignac and André Ayew, the surprising second place obtained in May might not be repeated - even if the recent signing of Dimitri Payet allows their fans some hope still. 

For the other teams, Saint Etienne sold their 19 goal striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to Dortmund yesterday, and Lille is facing a mini financial crisis, as they sold the aforementioned Payet to Marseille last week. 

Many specialists in France are still looking forward to seeing if Monaco can play as a team, or if there would be a 'Manchester City effect'. 

But with Falcao, Mountinho, Rodriguez, who have already played together at Porto, joining Monaco that seems unlikely and the great fight we all are waiting for is about to come between the two richest clubs in France.

The forecasted Parisian domination, for the next decade, might yet end next May. 

 

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