Following three days of rumours, RC Strasbourg Alsace have finally completed the permanent signing of defender Lionel Carole from Galatasaray. Carole joins for a fee of €600k and has signed a three-year contract with his new club.
A bonafide Swiss Army knife due to his ability to play in a number of different positions, Carole will be a welcome addition to a Strasbourg side looking to avoid Ligue 1 relegation this season. The 27-year-old’s best position is left-back, but he’s also more than comfortable playing in a more central defensive role (centre-back) or a more advanced midfield role (left midfield).
Last season Carole was plying his trade in La Liga. The versatile defender was on loan to Sevilla, for whom he made 11 total appearances across all competitions. Carole played fairly regularly under manager Eduardo Berizzo, but when Italian Vincenzo Montella took the helm Carole saw his playing time reduced significantly.
Despite a recent lack of action, Carole will bring plenty to Le Racing. The Frenchman’s versatility cannot be understated, and his ability to dribble the ball and go forward will add a threatening attacking presence to Racing’s left side of defence.