The summer transfer window promises to be agitated at the Olympique de Marseille. In addition to the official departure of Florian Thauvin from the Tigers and that announced by Hiroki Sakai (return to Japan?), The Marseille club has a lot of loaned players (Pol Lirola, Leonardo Balerdi, Michaël Cuisance, Olivier Ntcham), but also several elements free from any contract at the end of the season (Valère Germain, Saîf-Eddine Khaoui, Christopher Rocchia, Yuto Nagatomo, Yohann Pelé).
Enough to give President Pablo Longoria his work. But if the latter will have to work to renew the Marseille workforce, he will try, despite all these potential departures, to recover one or more large checks through the sale of one or more assets. And after Provence, one of the objectives of the new strong man of OM will be to separate from Duje Caleta-Car.
Recruited three years ago in exchange for € 19 million, the Croatian international (12 caps) had already failed to change tune in recent months when West Ham and Liverpool knocked on his door. And if he had refused to join the Hammers, the former resident of Salzburg admitted that he would not have said no to the Reds (OM refused to let him go).
Longoria wants to collect a big check
“Like I said, Liverpool are one of the bigger clubs and once again I was very happy with the offer but I don’t regret not leaving because OM are a great club too . It could have been a big step for my career but I am focusing on OM ”, he declared last February.
Linked to OM until 2023, Caleta-Car is this time available on the market, because Marseille prefers to see it leave rather than Boubacar Kamara. It remains to be seen whether a club will be willing to put in the minimum € 20 million that Longoria hopes. One thing is almost certain: it is to England that the Olympian club hope to send him, but we may not have to count on Liverpool who have decided to bet on the Frenchman of RB Leipzig, Ibrahima Konaté.