“We are happy with the development of our transfer window so far. We have more players than necessary to start the season, we would like to have a group of twenty-two players, including two goalkeepers. We still need players arriving, we want to put speed in all positions, we talked about a real change of style (from Jorge Sampaoli to Igor Tudor, editor’s note). But the truth is that you also have to bring players out. Here is what Pablo Longoria, the president of OM, said at a press conference last Wednesday. And for good reason. Despite the arrival of many recruits such as Ruben Blanco, Nuno Tavares, Jonathan Clauss, Chancel Mbemba, Samuel Gigot or Luis Suarez, OM find themselves faced with the same imperative as their Parisian rival: degrease.
A movement in the direction of departures which is also slow to materialize, at a time when Marseille leaders are still hoping for the next arrivals of Jordan Veretout, in the middle, and Alexis Sanchez, on the front of the attack. However, in addition to the size of the workforce – in a season where OM will also find themselves on the European scene – the obligation to sell is above all economic. With financial commitments made to owner Frank McCourt, the Iberian boss of Ciel et Blanc must now work to find ways out for undesirables. But not only…
Pablo Longoria wants to reduce the offensive sector!
Apart from the desired departures of Jordan Amavi (28), dismissed by his new coach, and Kevin Strootman (32), long announced for Hellas Verona as part of the Darlo Lazovic deal, other moves are also to be expected. . Pushed towards the exit for several mercatos, Duje Caleta-Car (25 years old) is also concerned by this degreasing operation. At the end of the contract in June 2023 and downgraded during summer preparation, the Croatian international central defender (23 caps, 1 goal) was particularly coveted by Torino. In vain. As reported recently by the daily The Teamthe former RB Salzburg player intends to continue the adventure on the Canebière, even if it means finding himself in a delicate position on the sporting level.
Hindered in this case, Pablo Longoria – who managed to separate from Luis Henrique, who left for Botafogo, and Avaro Gonzalez, officially terminated – still intends to continue his business. Place then in the offensive sector of the last second of Ligue 1. Determined to the idea of repatriating Alexis Sanchez, very close to ending his adventure on the side of Inter Milan, the boss of the Olympians decided to accelerate to make instead of the Chilean. Thus, if Arkadiusz Milik does not yet seem concerned with a departure despite the interests of Borussia Dortmund and Juventus Turin, Konrad de la Fuente is about to join La Liga and Valladolid. After activating its networks in Spain, Longoria should, in fact, find an agreement for the loan with option to buy the American international winger (3 selections).
Executives affected by the degreasing operation?
And that’s not all. Despite the prolific results obtained last season and this qualification for the Champions League, the Marseille management has every intention of reforming the workforce. Scorer three times in two appearances during the summer preparation of his team, Bamba Dieng is also facing rumors about his future. A favorite of the Orange Vélodrome, the Senegalese international striker does not necessarily seem to fit into Igor Tudor’s plans for the coming season. With this in mind and as we revealed to you recently, Benfica hopes to take advantage of this uncomfortable situation. In contract until June 2024, Dieng remains firmly attached to the idea of continuing under the colors of Marseille.
On all fronts, the former Valencia sporting director could also take advantage of Celta Vigo’s interest in Cédric Bakambu to part with a big salary and thus recover some cash. The Marseille club would not, in fact, be completely closed to the idea of a departure for its 31-year-old player, whose transfer should be negotiated around 6 to 7 million euros. Just seven months after his arrival, the man who has scored four goals and provided an assist in 21 games in all competitions is not protected either, which is more at a time when OM’s attacking sector seems more more clogged. An uncertain future which is also the lot of all Marseille players with a good market value. Thus, even executives such as Cengiz Ünder, Valentin Rongier, or even Gerson, not necessarily very complicit with his new coach, will not be retained in the event of an interesting offer. Already hectic, the 2022 summer of Olympique de Marseille may provide new very big surprises…