Nice have completed the signing of Kasper Dolberg from Ajax for a club record £18 million as the club’s new owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe begins his spending spree.
The Denmark international watched on from the stands last night as Nice were beaten 2-1 by Marseille in a game which saw play suspended following homophobic chants from home supporters.
Dolberg is one of the most promising young forwards in Europe, having made over 100 appearances in his three years at Ajax, who he joined from Silkeborg IF in 2016.
The 21-year-old will be managed by former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, who led the club to a seventh placed finish in his first season in charge of the club last term.
Lorient forward Alexis Claude Maurice is also close to completing a move to Nice before the September 2 transfer deadline after being pictured sat next to Dolberg.
Maurice, who was linked with a move to West Ham earlier this summer, rose to prominence last season after scoring 14 goals in 35 games for the Ligue 2 club.
Nice have been linked with a host of big names following Ratcliffe’s £91 million takeover of the club was announced earlier this week.
Ratcliffe, who is Britain’s richest man, has a track record of investing heavily in other sports having rebranded Team Sky as Team Ineos earlier this year.
The 66-year-old also invested a reported £110 million in Britain’s Americas Cup sailing team last year and will hope to turn Nice into a force in Ligue 1.