Here are the 3 important news of the week on the Olympique de Marseille transfer window!
Mercato OM: Sampaoli calls for four recruits!
As the end of the season is fast approaching, OM are on their way to securing a podium and qualifying for the Champions League. To do well in this competition, Marseille will have to strengthen this summer. Olympian coach Jorge Sampaoli recalled the need to strengthen the team in view of this objective.
Six days from the end of the championship, Olympique de Marseille is second in the championship and finds itself well placed to finish on the podium and obtain a qualifying place for the Champions League. The return of the Marseille club to the most prestigious of cups was OM’s main objective this season.
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It must be said that the last participation of Marseille under the thumb of André Villas-Boas did not go very well, the fault of a somewhat short workforce and a team out of breath. Errors that the current Olympian management absolutely does not want to reproduce. It is surely for these reasons that for several weeks, the trainer Jorge Sampaoli does not stop repeating the need to strengthen the team while keeping the framework. On the eve of the match against Nantes, the Argentinian reiterated his words:
“In parallel with the matches, we work with the scouts, the staff, we discuss with David Frio and Pablo Longoria. We talk a lot about preparing for next season and names that will do us good in our style of play. There will be departures. The most important thing is to keep the base and add three or four players who can raise our level. It depends on whether or not we qualify for the Champions League. We will also have a meeting with the owner to propose names. We always follow players. We will see with the president and the sports director. » Jorge Sampaoli – Source: Pre-match conference (04/19/2022)
A transfer window to satisfy the supporters?
This is not the first time this season that the former Sevilla coach has asked for reinforcements. A few weeks ago during an interview with Samir Nasri for the Canal Foot Club program broadcast on Canal+, Sampaoli had already sent a message to Pablo Longoria and Frank McCourt on the transfer window recalling their duty to the city of Marseille:
“I want to qualify for the Champions League. To stay here, I have to meet the expectations of this city. Otherwise, I will not be happy. For that, we need a competitive team to win the championship or a European Cup. » Jorge Sampaoli – Source: Canal Football Club (03/04/22)
Mercato OM: Arsenal raises the price of Saliba!
On loan without an option to buy from Arsenal, William Saliba has impressed OM this season. If Pablo Longoria would like to keep him, the Gunners have raised his price…
This is one of the satisfactions of Olympique de Marseille this season. William Saliba has been on loan from Arsenal since the start of the season with no option to buy. At just 21, the central defender is one of the most used players by Jorge Sampaoli this season. Author of solid performances and showing remarkable serenity in each of his appearances, William Saliba has impressed this season. He even managed to catch the eye of Didier Deschamps, who offered him his first two selections for the France team.
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For their part, OM supporters would dream of seeing Arsenal’s central defender remain next season. However, the operation seems complicated to perform. Indeed, the Gunners are aware of the good performances he is performing in France and would like to keep him next season. Only a large check could make the London club think.
Arsenal want 42 million euros for Saliba
In Europe, the performances of William Saliba did not go unnoticed. Indeed, we recently learned that Atlético Madrid also seemed interested in the profile of the central defender. All this data has arrived on the desk of the leaders of Arsenal who seem to have made an important decision about their defender.
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According to the information revealed by The Sun, the Gunners have become aware of the potential of William Saliba and would now ask for at least 35 million pounds or 42 million euros to part with him. It remains to be seen how this file will evolve over the next few weeks. Pablo Longoria could use the player’s development in Marseille in the negotiations.
I’ve become a 13 guy now. We’ll see, there will be intense discussions I think this summer — Saliba
In the show Le Vestiaire broadcast on RMC on Monday April 11, the French international said he felt Marseille… A new message sent to Pablo Longoria to convince him to keep it? It will be necessary to pay a large sum for the Olympian president…
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“I’ve become a 13 guy now. We will see, there will be intense discussions I think this summer, football changes a lot. You never know, I have two months left and I already have to prove that I have to be kept, it can quickly turn sour. Marseille is incredible. That’s why, as I’m on loan for only one year, each home game I enjoy as if it were the last because I’m not sure to find an atmosphere like this elsewhere, so I’m enjoying it in case I don’t come back here” William Saliba – Source: The RMC Locker Room (09/04/22)
Mercato OM: A Premier League coach came to supervise Kamara!
During the meeting between OM and FC Nantes, Steven Gerrard was present at the Orange Vélodrome last night to supervise Boubacar Kamara, free of any contract at the end of the season.
It is a relief. Olympique de Marseille won 3-2 against FC Nantes last night thanks to a double from Dimitri Payet and a goal from Amine Harit. An important victory for the Marseillais in the fight for the Champions League. Led twice in the first period, Jorge Sampaoli’s men did not give up and each time came back to score to then win. After this victory, the OM players are taking another step towards the Champions League next season and now have a 6-point lead over third place and its pursuers (Rennes, Strasbourg and Monaco).
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As usual, the Vélodrome was full to attend this meeting. If the OM supporters were present in large numbers to encourage the team throughout the match, a person who was less expected was also present.
Steven Gerrard watched Kamara
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Indeed, according to the information revealed by RMC Sport, Steven Gerrard was also present at the Vélodrome. The media understands that the former Liverpool player was present to supervise Boubacar Kamara. Current coach of Aston Villa, Steven Gerrard had already expressed his interest in the OM midfielder. By going to the Vélodrome in person, he once again demonstrated that he was determined to get him free at the end of the season. If the departure of Boubacar Kamara at the end of the season seems inevitable, it remains to be seen whether he could be attracted by the challenge leading to Aston Villa.
⚪🔵 The Aston Villa coach came to observe Boubacar Kamara, out of contract at the end of the season.https://t.co/NcBA2GFFJz
– RMC Sport (@RMCsport) April 20, 2022
It’s the club that trained you, that launched you, that gave you quite a stature – Jonathan MacHardy
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At the microphone of RMC Sport, Jonathan MacHardy gave his opinion on this file. He believes that Boubacar Kamara should imitate Samir Nasri by extending and helping OM financially.
“Let’s face it. If he wants to leave, so be it. But I think he is a player who is destined to have a brilliant career and to play in the biggest European clubs and to join the France team. I think money is going to be made, with millions, millions and millions. I don’t think he is close to a signing bonus to manage his finances calmly over several generations. Bouba’ listen, you’re going to have some money. You’ve been going to the stadium since you were little, your father used to take you. You are trained at the club, you are a real Marseillais. Everything binds you to this city. Take inspiration from Samir Nasri. You re-sign, you agree with the management, via a gentleman’s agreement, for a fairly low transfer price. At least allow this club which is yours and has some financial difficulties to win a small ticket. It’s the club that trained you, that launched you, that gave you a fairly significant stature. It’s the club that made you the player you are today. For all that Marseille brought to Bouba, it is important that he too makes a gesture. » Jonathan MacHardy – Source: RMC Sport (19/04/2022)