It was a meeting expected by all Marseille supporters. On Wednesday afternoon, Frank McCourt, Pablo Longoria and Hervé Chalchitis (in charge of security) met the leaders of the main groups of Olympian supporters. Courteous and serene exchanges which materialized the appeasement felt around Olympique de Marseille at the end of last season. If multiple subjects were raised, the president of OM obviously could not escape questions about the summer transfer window, which started well with the formalization of an agreement with Flamengo for the arrival of Gerson.
And the Olympian president did not use the wooden tongue on the subject. According to the indiscretions of RMC Sport, the main protagonist took the opportunity to carry out an inventory of the Marseille workforce. Concretely, fourteen players will leave the Canebière this summer. If certain departures of players at the end of their contract have already been recorded, such as Thauvin, Cuisance, Germain, Sakai or Nagatomo to name a few, the situations of Lirola and Balerdi remain complex.
Eleven new players expected at OM this summer
Among the contenders at the start, three major players (Benedetto, Kamara, Caleta-Car) or younger elements, could fly to other skies this summer. A crossover that highlights Jorge Sampaoli’s desire to rely on a reduced workforce, with 22 or 23 players. To achieve its ends, the Marseille club will have to enroll at least eleven new players. RMC Sport specifies that this figure has been confirmed to supporters by Marseille management. Among these future players can include Leonardo Balerdi and Pol Lirola. Even if Longoria did not show real optimism regarding the finalization of the file.
Indeed, the compensation demanded by Fiorentina would remain very high for Olympian finances. Real satisfaction since his arrival in Marseille, Arkadiusz Milik has fully relaunched by registering nine achievements in Ligue 1. Services that have awakened the interests of major Italian clubs. But the president of OM has shown a certain firmness on the subject, insisting that he wanted to keep the Polish striker next season. At the same time, the track leading to Thiago Almada would clearly cool down. The daily The Marseillaise reveals that Vélez Sarsfield would be extremely greedy to give up his player. Despite these pitfalls, the highest spheres of Marseille have proclaimed their desire to shape a very good team for next season. The supporters are already impatient to discover it …