OM’s transfer window will depend in part on a possible qualification for the Champions League, but whatever happens, Pablo Longoria will have to make big sales. This is the request of Frank McCourt, tired of putting his hand in his pocket.
There are many hot issues on Pablo Longoria’s desk a few weeks before the official opening of the summer transfer window. The president of Olympique de Marseille is already working on the future recruits who will complete the workforce at the disposal of Jorge Sampaoli. But according to information from L’Equipe, the OM staff is also very active in terms of departures. And for good reason, the national daily reveals that Frank McCourt has set Pablo Longoria a goal in terms of player sales. And after having paraded on this subject during the winter transfer window, the president of Olympique de Marseille will this time have no choice but to comply with the decision of his boss. In this sense, several players should pack their bags and not the least.
Lirola and Caleta-Car pushed out
In addition to William Saliba and Boubacar Kamara, respectively on loan and at the end of the contract, other executives will have to leave OM during the summer transfer window. The Duje Caleta-Car file is one of the hottest. At the end of the contract with Marseille in a year, the Croatian international has been placed on the sales market. He is one of the players that Pablo Longoria would like to sell at a high price before seeing him start his last year of contract. Appreciated in England, the former rock of RB Salzburg could bring in between 15 and 20 million euros in Marseille. Another file agitates the days of the Marseille staff, it is that of Pol Lirola. Recruited for more than 10 million euros from Fiorentina, the Spanish defender was sorely disappointed. Misunderstanding prevails at OM about Lirola, who was excellent last season and who is now only a shadow of himself. Sampaoli won’t make a big deal if Lirola leaves, provided of course Pablo Longoria receives offers for the former Fiorentina player.
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African champions with Senegal in February, Bamba Dieng and Pape Gueye are much more popular than Pol Lirola. Indeed, the Senegalese striker and midfielder are appreciated in England, where several clubs have observed them on several occasions. Sampaoli and Longoria are not making the departure of Gueye or Dieng a priority, but as with every player in the squad, OM will consider whether there is a good offer. For these two players, Marseille should not however look at offers below 15 million euros in view of their progress. Finally, one file will be more publicized than the others and will cause a lot of ink to flow in Marseille. Will Arkadiusz Milik still be at OM next season? “The question of a departure makes sense” according to L’Equipe, which sees the Pole staying in Marseille less and less as misunderstandings with Jorge Sampaoli have multiplied throughout the season, again on Saturday when Milik warmed up for thirty minutes without ever coming on against Rennes. Potential departures are therefore numerous at OM and for the time being, we still do not know who will pack their bags. But regardless of the identity of the players sold, Frank McCourt will demand that this summer, unlike usual, cash goes into the coffers.