With Russian billionaire, Dmitri Rybolovlev, spending €147 million already this summer on AS Monaco, it's no surprise that the Ligue 2 champions have grabbed most of the headlines.

It's worth remembering, though, that there were two others teams promoted alongside the big spenders. Here we take a look at their Ligue 1 chances...

EA Guingamp 

The team that finished second in last season's Ligue 2, EA Guingamp of the west of France, have yet to make any big additions to their squad. The biggest addition to date is that of Younousse Sankharéin in central midfield for around €713,000 from FCO Dijon.

The arrival of winger Steeven Langil from Auxerre, a side moving in the opposite direction to Guingamp following their Ligue 1 relegation last campaign, is another of note.  

The signing of Langil is impressive as Newcastle United were also reported to be interested in the 25-year-old, but he ended up choosing the French side instead.

Jérémy Sorbon, a right-back who has spent his career since 2004 at SM Caen has also made the move to Guingamp on a free transfer. The Frenchman will have to prove his talents quickly if his side are to stay in the top division for more than one season as he will face the likes of Ibrahimovic, Cavani and Falcao.

All in all, EA Guingamp may need to strengthen further if they are to have any chance of avoiding the bottom three this season. The club that produced the likes of Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda is short of big names these days and could struggle in what will be only their eighth season of their history in France's top flight.

FC Nantes

The side from Nantes, France's eighth most populous city, are finally back in Ligue 1 after a five year absence and will have a huge fanbase to cheer them on at Stade de la Beaujoire against the giants of the French game. 

The eight-time-champions of France have not, however, found it easy to recruit new signings this summer. The club were told that they would not be allowed to make any signings this summer nor in January after FIFA claimed the move of Ismael Bangoura from a Dubai club in 2012 breached a contract agreement.

A Swiss court overturned that decision, though, on the June 13 until further notice, with the club making a statement on their website on July 3, saying that the ban was still suspended and that the club could continue to build their squad for the league campaign.

They have yet to add many players, but added three Venezuelans with the centre-backs Vizcarrondo and Cichero as well as striker Fernando Aristeguieta.

None of these additions were anywhere near as pricey as the types of players brought in by Monaco, but manager Michel der Zakarian will hope they can add something to the team.

Whether because of lack of funds or the suspended transfer ban hanging over them, Nantes don't look like signing many big stars this offseason.

They will have to rely, therefore, on the support of their 12th man at their 38,000 seater stadium if they are to avoid relegation.

  

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