FOOTBALL After the arrivals of Sead Kolasinac and Cédric Bakambu, both free, other moves could take place at Olympique de Marseille from here the end of the transfer window, Monday evening

Mercato OM : “ The door is open” for departures rather than arrivals at ; Marseille

Pablo Longoria, the president of OM. — Nicolas TUCAT/AFP

  • Olympique de Marseille have recorded the arrivals of striker Cédric Bakambu and defender Sead Kolasinac, both free, since the start of the transfer window.
  • Three days before the end of the transfer window, movements are still possible on the Marseille side, but more in the direction of departures than arrivals.
  • A departure of Alvaro Gonzalez is hoped for, Luis Henrique could be loaned out. Boubacar Kamara should not leave before the end of the transfer window, unlike Bamba Dieng in the event of a substantial offer.

After two arrivals, how many departures? Olympique de Marseille ? The transfer window ends on Monday evening, and moves are possible on the side. of the Commandery. But a priori in the sense of departures. Pablo Longoria, the president, and Jorge Sampaoli, the coach, talk daily to the team. this subject, and the two strong men of OM must come to terms with the reality. economic club, “a market; difficult ”, and athletic goals.

In the event of qualification for the Coupe de France against Montpellier on Saturday (9 p.m.), the Marseille club would play again on Tuesday against Lyon for its late match, before playing a match every three days, at least until ;` the end of February. And for ça, you need the workforce that goes with it. 20 Minutes takes stock of this last stretch of the transfer window.

Under threat of a two-year recruitment ban

The news fell in the middle of the winter transfer window: Olympique de Marseille is under a two-year recruitment ban, after the transfer of Pape Gueye to France. summer 2020. Watford, with whom the midfielder had signed; a contract, before turning around and committing to Marseille, had seized FIFA in this affair. Who therefore decided on this ban, and on a suspension of Pape Gueye for 4 months. This was finally canceled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which has not yet ruled. on the appeal of OM. “We take note of FIFA’s decision even if it’s in a surprising period, in the middle of CAN and in the middle of the transfer window. We appealed to the CAS, it’s now a legal battle. We need to stay calm and study the case well,” Pablo Longoria.

For whom this decision has not been of great importance for this transfer window.

This transfer window, we have been working on player profile types since October. We are prepared in case of movements that cannot be controlled. But this decision does not change the strategy. Our roadmap is also to invest in young people from the center and in post-training. Anyway, I don’t like negotiating under pressure.”

Bamba Dieng’s big rib in England

Rumors around the young Olympique de Marseille striker are intensifying more and more. After scoring for the first time in Marseille colors last season, Bamba Dieng, 21, scored twice; against Monaco, then a superb scissor against Strasbourg. This week it has been Voted player of the match in Senegal's victory against Cape Verde thanks to; his goal at the very end of the match, when he had just replaced Sadio Mané. Enough to attract the attention of several Premier League clubs. But Pablo Longoria has warned, no discussion will succeed below 10 million euros.

Alvaro, this is the door

If there is “an open door”, according to Longuoria, it is indeed that for a departure of defender Alvaro Gonzalez. If the first rumors sent him to the side of the Strasbourg, or Bordeaux, the Spaniard hastened to to refuse these two options. He does not want to leave OM at all, but has backed down. in the hierarchy of defenders and Sampaoli does not really count on him anymore.

“His playing time has gone down. It’s a leader’s obligation to find a solution so that it works in the best possible way. We talked about it with Alvaro, we give ourselves up to’` the end of the transfer window to find a solution,” announces Longuoria.

For the moment, the defender posts every day on his social networks, or almost, the sunset over the bay of Marseille to prove that he is still there, and if he should leave the club , it would most likely be for a return to Spain.

Duje Caleta Car, another placarded central defender. for refusing offers at; the end of the last summer transfer window, reversed; the trend. Its leaders will not give it up this winter to unless you receive a good offer, around 20 million euros.

Towards a loan from Luis Henrique?

Despite performances not always successful, the young Brazilian Luis Henrique retains a good side on the side of the game. of OM and its president. “Even though he’s not always in the squad, he brings a big physical impact. We trust Luis, he has all the characteristics to develop. There are always ups and downs, but Luis is only 20 and we have confidence in his natural progression,” Longoria. But at At this age, players only need one thing: to play. And it’s only intermittently for the young dad. What to be “open to; the discussion,” for a possible loan.

Boubacar Kamara, status quo

The minot trained to OM is coming to the end of his contract next June and discussions for a possible extension have never been successful. Despite his little prank when he didn’t show up at a press conference at the end of November, Boubacar Kamara remains a great professional and he proves it every weekend with his performances. “With Bouba, we talked a lot. We have a strong relationship, everyone is in a position of respect. If there is a good proposal for the player, and the club, we will be in a position to listen to it. If not, we'll see in June. This position is not pleasant for the club, but it’s also true that Bouba shows great respect for this club”, considers Pablo Longoria. Indeed, a free departure in June is more than likely.

No arrival without departure

“Am I greedy when I ask for 4 or 5 players?”I too have to win to survive here, and I prefer to exaggerate that a bit too short,” half, Jorge Sampaoli, during the presentation of Sead Kolasinac. Who compensated, at least numerically, for Jordan Amavi's loan to Nice. Cédric Bakambu, more than makes up for Dario Benedetto’s return to Argentina. ready to Elche at the start of the season. And the logic should be the same for this end of the transfer window. A new arrival is only possible in the event of departure.

“Numerically we are fine. The arrivals of Cédric [Bakambu] and Sead [Kolasinac] have improved the game. the workforce. It’s the opinion of the staff, now I think we’re good. &Cedil will depend on possible moves in the final days of the transfer window” Pablo Longoria. Among the names mentioned, the striker of Udinese, Gerard Deulofeu in the event of the departure of an offensive element, Samuel Gigot, the 28-year-old French defender of Spartak Moscow, or the piston of Montpellier, Junior Samba, who is coming to the end of his contract next June.