Olympique de Marseille wants to be active to strengthen its workforce during the next winter transfer window. And the Marseille president Pablo Longoria gave the trend concerning the recruitment of the club phocen in January.

Longoria will live a month of January acts with the transfer window

Third in Ligue 1 with a late match due to the interruption of the OL-OM meeting on November 21, Olympique de Marseille is making an honorable first part of the season in the league table. However, the club phocen displays shortcomings in the game and hardly convince. Saturday’s defeat against Brest (1-2) recalled its irregularity; elimination in the Europa League, his lack of experience.

Longoria wants more leadership

In an interview with L’Equipe, Pablo Longoria showed this willingness to add experience to the workforce during the winter transfer window. I believe that a lot has already been improved last summer, but there is still work to be done. The team is young, it can lack leadership in different positions on some important games. The leadership, the management of these meetings, it comes with the number of meetings and disputes at the high level , explained the Marseille president.

The targeted positions? The Spaniard relies more on versatile players. Talking about individual positions no longer really makes sense. We have a very clear strategy, a workforce of 21 versatile players, says the Olympian leader. Rather, we have been looking for different profiles for a few months in this winter transfer window. In the event of the exit of different players, we want to have spare possibilities.

At least one sale wishes

It remains to know what means OM will have to strengthen themselves. Longoria does not hide it, the sale of one or more elements would facilitate its work: By January, I must find economic resources to improve the workforce, with the assets that I have on the team. It can mean selling players and using the money wisely. The sale of a player can make it possible to strengthen a team, in the end, to erase its handicaps. Pushed out last summer, center-back Duje Caleta-Car could leave if there is an interesting offer. The same goes for Jordan Amavi, who is considered a pure lateral and has difficulty adapting to the Sampaoli system.

Regarding Boubacar Kamara, whose contract ends in June, Longoria would like to keep him. It is an important asset for the club, I hope that it prolongs, he affirmed. But there is not only one part in negotiations, it must be the general will. Last week, the young versatile midfielder had let it be known that he was still thinking. The talks have been on for a long time, they have intensified lately , slips his boss.

Update on the future of Guendouzi, nder, Lopez and Milik

Finally, Longoria gave a rather positive trend for the future of Matto Guendouzi, Cengiz nder and Pau Lopez, considering their purchase options as practically automatic . The French midfielder (€ 11m) and the Turkish winger (€ 8.4m) will be bought definitively by OM in the event of maintenance , while the Spanish goalkeeper (12 M €) will remain in the cit phocenne if he plays 20 games . A priori, the three players will therefore still be Olympians next season. As for the striker Arkadiusz Milik, loaned by Napoli, it is a player who, in the end, will be the property of OM . This is good news for Marseille supporters.

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