Longoria takes stock of the Olympian transfer window

Guillaume MARION, Media365: published on Friday January 21, 2022 at 00:15

Present this Thursday at a press conference, Pablo Longoria, the president of OM, notably mentioned the situations of Alvaro Gonzalez and Boubacar Kamara.

Already very active last summer, Olympique de Marseille is one of the few French clubs to be active during this winter transfer window. A few days after the signing of striker Cédric Bakambu, free since the end of his contract with Beijing Guoan, the Phocaeans have this time recruited Sead Kolasinac, the versatile Bosnian defender, who has been released by Arsenal. Present this Thursday at a press conference, Pablo Longoria therefore took stock of the recruitment of the club currently 3rd in Ligue 1. “So far, we have had a worked transfer window, with leads studied since October, on the type of profiles that we need. (…) We will see if there are possibilities on the market, but anyway, I don’t like to negotiate under pressure, knowing that there is a FIFA decision that can happen “Explained the Spaniard, in reference to a possible ban on recruitment following the affair around Pape Gueye.

“Kamara, there is mutual respect”

“We are open to departures. I spoke to Alvaro (who reportedly refused to sign for Bordeaux) and his agent. With the arrival of Kolasinac and the fact that Peres can play central defender, we can work together to find solutions during this transfer window. The door is open. (…) Boubacar Kamara? We’ve talked a lot over the past few weeks. Relations between everyone are good, there is mutual respect, between the club, the player, the player’s entourage. Everyone is in a position of respect. The common logic: if an offer arrives which is good for the player and good for the club, we listen and we see. We will see for the decision in June, explained Longoria, the Olympian president. It’s true that it’s not pleasant for the club to have players at the end of their contract, we’ve been reminded of this several times this season, but Bouba’s respect for this club is great. »