Youssef En Nesyri (Seville), Nayef Aguerd (Rennes) or even Hamza Mendyl (Schalke 04). All these players come from the very recent Mohammed VI Academy. In recent years, many young people from this training center have gone to the four corners of Europe, in France and Spain in particular. During the last summer transfer window, Marseille recovered the young midfielder Oussama Targhalline (18 years old). With the success of the players mentioned above, European clubs are now looking more and more at this structure. In France, Olympique Lyonnais had also formalized a three-year technical cooperation with the Mohammed VI Academy. This summer, several young people are expected to leave Morocco to join professional clubs in Europe, starting with Tawfik Bentayeb.
The young 19-year-old winger is undoubtedly one of the greatest talents of the 2002 generation. Able to play on the entire front of the attack, he stood out at the last U17 Africa Cup in 2019 with the Morocco. He had scored 5 goals and had been voted man of the match several times during the competition. The versatility of this young left-hander interests several Ligue 1 clubs. The Angers SCO and FC Lorient have come to the information and would like to recover the striker at the end of the season. Several recruiters from both clubs have traveled to Morocco to supervise him in recent months. In Ligue 2, it was Sochaux who expressed his interest. In addition to the three French clubs, Raja Casablanca has also started discussions with the player.
OM and Real Sociedad on two other youngsters
It is not only Tawfik Bentayeb who should leave the academy soon, it is also the case of young Anas Nanah. The 18-year-old left-back has already passed tests with Olympique de Marseille at the end of last season at the same time as Osama Targhalline. These tests had been conclusive, but he had not been kept at the time, not yet being major unlike his counterpart. Spotted by Nasser Larguet, director of the Marseille training center and also former DTN of Morocco, Nanah had especially caught the eye of André Villas-Boas. The Portuguese technician, when he was still an OM coach, asked his management to keep the player to integrate him into the professional group when Jordan Amavi was still injured. Despite the departure of the former Tottenham coach, the Marseille club intend to return to the charge this summer and have priority over the player.
Last player who could very quickly pack his bags: Mohammed Amine Essahel. Outclassed in all youth teams, he is undoubtedly considered the best player of the Mohammed VI Academy. Unlike his two teammates, it is not in France, but in Spain that the young midfielder is popular. A time followed by FC Barcelona which had been cooled by the financial requirements of the Moroccan training center – the AMF requested a sum significantly higher than 500,000 euros – the middle of just 18 years of interest to Real Sociedad. But again, the amount requested by the academy could cool the Basque club. Other clubs should quickly position themselves on the player who distinguished himself at the last U20 Africa Cup, last February. The young striker Omar Sadik (16), who shone during the Al Kass International Cup against PSG and Inter Milan, could also leave the academy soon as well as the strong central defender Mohamed Jaouab (1m98) often compared to Nayef Aguerd.