Lionel Messi, Memphis Depay, Kun Agüero, Sergio Ramos … it is an understatement to say that the list of players at the end of their contract this season is exceptional. But do not dream, it absolutely does not concern OM and its new salary policy. A player in this situation also claims a substantial signing bonus. Still, OM cannot neglect this market. At a time when it is necessary to recruit a lot, in all sectors, a player who comes for free can provide funds to recruit elsewhere. A bit like Lyon who managed to sign Damien Da Silva, a safe bet in Ligue 1, for zero. So is there still business on the market? Players who would come to OM not to make a big contract but precisely for the exposure, or the affect, and therefore in addition with a suitable remuneration? Even if players like Hysaj are out of reach because they are already in the sights of PSG, there are still a few shots to try.
Jérôme Prior – Goalkeeper – 25 years old – Valenciennes
A native of Toulon, Prior was an impulsive goalkeeper in Bordeaux and rather average, unable to supplant an aging Carrasso. Two years ago, he left for Valenciennes and his career took a different turn. He is one of the best goalkeepers in Ligue 2. Since he is at the end of his contract, his coach has dismissed him for the last matches, wanting to prepare for the future. For Prior, if the future is a job in Marseille where he is assured that he will be able to titillate Mandanda … which is to say that he should not refuse.
Nicolas N’Koulou – Center-back – 31 years old – Torino
Phocéen d’Or 2012, Nicolas Nkoulou had signed to OM ten years ago. It could be a nice wink to see him return to this club where he was exceptional in his first two seasons. Asked by BeIN Sport, he did not kick in touch, always clean in the raise: “ It’s still my heartfelt team. For what I experienced there and what Marseille represents, it is quite flattering. I do not close any door “. Two years ago, he returned to a very good level with Torino. To the point that Roma want to sign him against 20 million euros. Retained by its president, N’Koulou kept this episode in the throat and intends to leave Piedmont as soon as possible. OM can be a hell of a rebound for him while Sampaoli could count on a great new solution in defense.
Lionel Carole – Left side – 30 years old – Strasbourg
Passed by Galatasaray and Sevilla FC, Lionel Carole has been playing for three seasons in Strasbourg. He is not one of the league’s references for this position, as much to say immediately. But he could have the merit of properly doubling the post of Jordan Amavi without making a fuss. In view of his situation, a transfer to OM is a godsend. He could therefore accept the salary and sporting constraints, but still find his account, with in particular a Europa League to play.
Max Meyer – Midfielder – 25 years old – Cologne
This Saturday, Cologne is playing its maintenance in the Bundesliga against Kiel after losing the first leg. But even if they do manage to turn the tide, that should not change anything for Max Meyer, who is already on the go. The small German midfielder had quite a reputation a few years ago, it was the new Götze. Free party at Crystal Palace in the summer of 2018, not without his agent, also that of Luiz Gustavo, trying to place him at OM, he drowned in the Premier League and still has not regained confidence . It is clearly a bet. But if Sampaoli and Longoria succeed, behind it it could well be jackpot.
Kays Ruiz-Atil – Midfielder – 18 years old – PSG
It’s a move that many Olympian fans dream of, without really knowing what Kays Ruiz-Atil is worth. Because he is a young talent that we have been talking about for years, and who had been spotted early by FC Barcelona. Because he comes from PSG and the story would be beautiful to once again steal a talent from the rival club. But also because given the quality of the young people who have come to the club from the Capital, who are exploding elsewhere, it would be good for once to see OM benefit from it. At 18, Ruiz-Atil surely yearns to hear about sports prospects. With Sampaoli in a three-way environment, just behind the holders, this could allow him to show himself in Ligue 1, like Adli or Aouchiche.
André Ayew – Attacking midfielder – 31 years old – Swansea
What? Another comeback? This is inevitably what many say if it is necessary to evoke André Ayew, the Ayew soldier, as some supporters called him in 2015 who dreamed of seeing him prolong. The Ghanaian international was finally free in Swansea. Despite interludes in West Ham and Fenerbahçe, he is still in Wales. And he is in the process of bringing his club back to the elite, his team still competing in the play-offs. From now on, André Ayew plays in attack, even if he can always evolve on one side. In Marseille, he could therefore be an alternative to Milik but also to Payet. And he is still as effective (17 goals this season). If he makes efforts to find his heart club …
Franck Ribéry – Forward – 38 years old – Fiorentina
There, it would not only be a comeback, but also a pre-retiree. Yes, but it is Franck Ribéry. A player who enchanted the Vélodrome for two seasons (2005-2007). A very high level element that could bring all his experience to a group that really needs it. If he does not have Vidal, Jorge Sampaoli would surely be delighted to be able to rely on the professionalism of the one who should have had the Ballon d’Or in 2013. Considering all that he has won in his career, Ribéry n ‘won’t make a big deal out of it. If he can come full circle in the club that brought him to the 2006 World Cup and slam a goal like the one he scored this season in the Juve stadium …