Reading served notice of their intentions for the new season today by breaking their club record to sign Ivory Coast international Emerse Fae from Nantes.
Eight-times French champions Nantes started life as a Ligue 2 club for the first time in over four decades with a 5-0 rout, making clear they were determined to secure an immediate return to the top flight.
Polish-born businessman Waldemar Kita has bought former French champions Nantes from owner Serge Dassault, just days before they are about to start life as a Ligue 2 club for the first time in over four decades.
Bolton have announced they expect to sign Swedish winger Christian Wilhelmsson on loan from Nantes 'in the next 24 hours'.
Toulouse were awarded three points by the disciplinary ruling of the French Professional League (LFP) on Thursday after their Ligue 1 match at relegated Nantes last weekend was abandoned because angry fans invaded the pitch.
Nantes's last home match in Ligue 1 was marred by confusing scenes which symbolised the downfall of the once great club.
Olympique Marseille boosted their morale ahead of the French Cup final by beating Nancy 2-1 on Wednesday to move into second in Ligue 1 while once great Nantes were relegated for the first time.
Fabien Barthez, who has left his Nantes club after getting into a fight with a supporter, has ruled out ending his career.
Fabien Barthez's flamboyant career has almost certainly ended with a controversial exit in keeping with one of the world's best but most eccentric goalkeepers.
Former France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez was involved in a fight with a supporter after his Nantes side moved closer to relegation with a 2-0 home defeat by Stade Rennes on Saturday, witnesses said.