We knew that the summer transfer window 2021 of Olympique de Marseille was going to be agitated. But the meeting between Frank McCourt and a few Marseille supporters gave birth to an announcement that was incredible to say the least. OM have promised no less than 11 recruits and 14 starts! Among the reinforcements, the first to report is that of Flamengo midfielder Gerson. The Brazilian still has to play three matches with the Carioca team and then he will fly to France.
And since last night, Kicker announces that OM has secured the services of a second recruit. This one, Pablo Longoria did not need to look for it very far since it is the defender Leonardo Balerdi (22 years old). Loaned with an option to buy from Borussia Dortmund last season, the Argentinian has been used 21 times in Ligue 1 (19 starts, 2 goals). Not always sure, the former resident of Boca Juniors nevertheless caught the eye of Jorge Sampaoli.
Balerdi (a little) cheaper than expected
With Arkadisuz Milik and Pol Lirola, Balerdi was one of the players loaned to OM that the Argentine coach wanted to keep. A feeling shared by the main concerned. “Yes since the arrival of the coach, it has benefited me in terms of playing time, I was looking for it, I have it. I have more confidence. (…) Yes we started talking about staying here, that’s something I’m thinking about. I feel good here, at ease in the club, in the city, it’s like Argentina, like at home ”, he declared last April
Well the German newspaper announced that the matter would be settled and OM would have succeeded in obtaining a small discount. Indeed, while the amount of the call option was set at € 14m, Kicker claims that Marseille have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund on a transfer of around € 11m. A good deal for both parties , including for the Marsupials who, in addition to the indemnities linked to the loan, would have recovered the € 15 million they had invested in Balerdi in 2019.