Sebastien Chabal has signed a three-year deal with big spending French club Racing Metro.
The utility forward had been approached by numerous French clubs after announcing he would leave Sale, but Racing – who secured promotion to the Top 14 last weekend – got his signature.
He will join France captain Lionel Nallet, while Frans Steyn is reported to be the next big buy. Reports also suggested that Chabal would earn €1.2m a year, but club president Jacky Lorenzetti refuted these claims.
‘We have been engaged for several months now in signing excellent players and not stars, because we have a habit of saying that with us there is not one individual star, it is the team that counts,’ he said.