Pablo Longoria confirmed it: the summer will be particularly lively at the Olympique de Marseille. In the sense of arrivals as well as departures.
The leaders of theOlympic Marseille have passed their grand oral. Flanked by Hervé Chalchitis (in charge of security), Frank McCourt and Pablo Longoria had an appointment, Wednesday afternoon, with the leaders of the main groups of Marseille supporters. The atmosphere was obviously completely different from the previous meeting between the owner of OM and these same leaders last winter.
The exchanges were indeed courteous and serene and the Olympian decision-makers were able to take a full tour of the Marseille news, not escaping the questions on the summer transfer window. The opportunity for Pablo Longoria to carry out an inventory of the workforce. According to the calculations of the president of OM, no less than 14 players must leave the Ciel et Blancs during the summer. Many departures have already been recorded, such as those of Florian Thauvin, Michael Cuisance, Valère Germain, Hiroki Sakai, Yuto Nagatomo or Saîf-Eddine Khaoui. And by the Spanish leader’s own admission, it will also be complicated to keep Pol Lirola or Leonardo Balerdi, simply on loan.
As for the other departures envisaged (Dario Benedetto, Boubacar Kamara, Duje Caleta-Car…), they are as much due to the need to replenish the Olympian funds as to Jorge Sampaoli’s desire to rely on a tight workforce. Olympian decision-makers nevertheless intend to compensate for most of these departures. And Gerson’s arrival was to be the first in a long series. According to Pablo Longoria, OM should indeed see the arrival of 11 new players this summer. And if the arrival of Matteo Guendouzi is on the right track, that of Thiago Almada has cooled considerably. Blame it on Velez Sarsfield’s financial demands.
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