Salim profiles six African players who could be making a move this summer:
Bruno Ecuele Manga
Sometimes sheer numbers do not lie. Laurent Koscielny particularly stood out during his time at Lorient, and alerted the blind-vision of Arsene Wenger, initially because of his impressive statistics: 328 clearances and 159 interceptions - which were more than any other defender in Ligue 1 in the 2009/2010 season.
The replacement for the Arsenal-bound defender came in the form of Gabon international Bruno Ecuele Manga from Ligue 2 outfit Angers. In the 2011/2012 season, despite Lorient finishing just 1 point above the relegation zone, the Lorient defence conceded only 14 goals at home all season, the 2nd joint least in Ligue 1. Manga has continued the Koscielny legacy, just like he did in his debut season, and was second in clearances stakes in Europe with the 378 clearances in total, behind Stoke great Ryan Shawcross.