Olympique de Marseille will do everything to keep William Saliba this summer. But faced with the possibility of the player staying at Arsenal, or being transferred elsewhere, management have activated other avenues to bolster their backline, and one of them leads to Clment Lenglet.
Lenglet, from Nancy, soon back in France?
Olympique de Marseille needs a patron in central defense. During the season which has just passed, William Saliba has taken on this role with brilliance, but the player, who is on loan without an option to buy from Arsenal, will return to the Gunners.
Marseille President Pablo Longoria has promised to do everything to keep it, without any guarantee. Because the French international is coveted, and is (very) expensive. The management has therefore logically activated other tracks, and one of them leads Clément Lenglet!
A loan, the only solution?
Pushed out by FC Barcelona, which must reduce its payroll in order to complete the Robert Lewandowski file, the 26-year-old central defender has not yet received any offers. The door could open in the Premier League, but the most insistent club to get him this summer would therefore be OM, according to information from the Catalan daily Sport. In the form of a loan, of course, Marseille not having the means to buy out his remaining four years of contract.
The matter is believed to be currently in the hands of Longoria, who have an excellent relationship with Barcelona football director Mateu Alemany, a former colleague Valencia’s son. Waiting for the effective arrival of the new sporting director Javier Ribalta, no doubt. The Lenglet track has also been validated by coach Jorge Sampaoli, who knows the Sville player and greatly appreciates his profile, especially since his experience could do Phocens good in the Champions League.
Lenglet is wary of the Marseille context
Next steps for OM, therefore: convince Barcelona to hand over the player and agree to pay part of the salary, then above all convince Lenglet. The central defender, who initially wanted to stay with Barcelona, finally understood that he did not have enough playing time to play the World Cup this winter. The old Nancien is therefore open to a departure, but it beware of the Marseille context and its boiling public, criticizes Sport.
It is true that at the Vélodrome, recruits must quickly prove themselves. And with a CV like Lenglet’s, Marseille fans will no doubt be ruthless. Patrice Evra knows something about it. management to convince the Barcelonan, who could then be followed by other teammates. Discussions are also underway for midfielder Nico, the Miralem Pjanic track is being studied while Sport tells us today that OM are also keeping an eye on Martin Braithwaite.
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