Summer vacation hasn’t started yet, but it’s already back to school for Olympique de Marseille. The resumption is scheduled for this Wednesday at 4 p.m. on the Commanderie side and the supporters who will flock there should see more old acquaintances than new faces. Despite the green light from the DNCG, the financial policeman of the League, OM have not recorded any signatures since the opening of this summer transfer window. 20 minutes takes stock of the possible movements on the side of Marseille.
The reappearance of the “balls”
Since the end of the season and qualification for the Champions League, supporters have been impatiently watching the arrival of reinforcements, but it is rather old acquaintances that they are likely to meet on Wednesday in front of the Robert Louis Dreyfus training center. And not necessarily the ones they hold most in their hearts, like Kevin Strootman, Jordan Amavi or Nemanja Radonjic, back from loans. “These are not even players that we could sell, they are balls that we have been dragging for several seasons”, estimates Titi, a loyal supporter who will scrutinize the return of the players on Wednesday. Alvaro should not make an appearance, the club and the player are looking for a solution as to the future of the Spaniard who will be away from Marseille: a breach of contract or a transfer.
A new face and feedback
Titi will at least have the chance to see a new face this Wednesday since Samuel Gigot will join his new teammates after his arrival from Spartak Moscow, when the transfer was approved during the last winter window. A native defender of Avignon, who should perfectly acclimatize to Marseille. “In addition to recruiting a great player, the club gets a great guy. He has the perfect mindset for the city, the club and the fans… He’s a fearless Golgoth! “warned Gaël Givet to Provence. Jorge Sampaoli will also be able to rely on the return from injury of Konrad de la Fuente, and Leo Balerdi, authors of an encouraging first half of the season, before getting injured.
The need to sell
Olympique de Marseille is no longer under threat from the DNCG, which supervised its payroll last season. But the Olympians are not rolling in gold and selling players is becoming an almost necessity for Pablo Longoria and his new director of football Javier Ribalta. This will also be one of the first tasks of the one who is considered the clone of the president. The most serious track leads to Caleta Car, placed on the transfer list during the last mercatos and who has only one year of contract left. But the suitors do not jostle at the gate. For Titi, the supporters must prepare for an important departure. “For me, you have to make money on a sale of Gerson, Guendouzi, Dieng, Gueye or Rongier. It’s an obligation, you can’t continue to live beyond your means with players who have super comfortable salaries without selling a player. If an offer of 40-50 million arrives for a player, do not hesitate, ”he considers.
For which arrivals?
Qualification for the Champions League and the free departure of Boubacar Kamara to Aston Villa are all reinforcements needed for Jorge Sampaoli. The Argentinian coach was also worried at the end of the season about the ambitions of the Marseille club on the European scene. Despite some rumors about a possible weariness and this lack of ambition, El Pelado is back in Marseille, he was already at the Commanderie on Tuesday.
On the same date last year, Titi had already been able to take a photo with the new recruit Gerson. This year, he has not yet made the trip to Marignane airport, but he is already in the starting blocks. “I would like to take a dozen photos this summer, he laughs. History that we strengthen ourselves at least quantitatively. From a qualitative point of view, I don’t know which players will arrive, but Sampaoli will have to be able to rely on a bench next season. “An ambitious Titi while the club is rather “two defenders, a big midfielder and a striker”, in a “very speculative” market, as Pablo Longoria lamented.