“I know him very well, we have a very good relationship, he was part of the selection in 2018. He has a great future, he has a lot of nuances in his game. I don’t know if the club has contacted him. I’m not interested in that at the moment, I’m focused on a European qualification. He is a player who is very well valued, it is a promise. Any coach would want it in their squad. It’s an analysis that I base on what I saw in selection, not on his current performance. “ On April 29, Jorge Sampaoli ignited for the Argentinian nugget Thiago Almada.
Because for the past few weeks, OM have wanted to afford the services of this attacking midfielder, considered one of the greatest hopes in the country, if not the greatest. The Velez player has been in high demand for several years now. The two Manchester clubs had it in their sights in the summer of 2019 but the pandemic, the economic crisis, a certain irregularity of the player and a case of sexual assault have slowed down the courtiers a little. It was then that Pablo Longoria and his recruiters set off.
Velez wants € 15m, excluding bonus
In recent weeks, discussions have taken place between the player, the management of Velez and OM. They are starting to become very concrete since according to information from RMC, the 20-year-old has agreed to the Phocéens for a 5-year contract. It remains to come to an agreement with the Argentine club, which will not be easy. El Guayo is under contract until 2023 with a release clause of € 25 million. With the crisis this figure will be difficult to reach. El Fortin knows it but still wants to get the best price.
Velez would like € 15m, not counting the bonuses. A high sum for the finances of the French club, whose accounts are not looking good, even if the salary of a player like Florian Thauvin will no longer be covered for example. Nothing has yet been won for OM but the file is progressing rather positively. Mistrust all the same because Almada is courted by other teams. In case of failure, Marseille advance on other files such as Amine Adli, Sebastian Villa or the young PSV striker, Fodé Fofana.