Like every evening, FCM offers you the 3 OM news of the day. On the program this Wednesday: A second start soon to be official, two players positive for COVID-19, Alvaro the priority of a Ligue 1 club.
Mercato OM: Alvaro priority of another club? Valence on stand by?
Very attached to OM but little used by Jorge Sampaoli, Alvaro seems to be getting used to the idea of a departure during this winter transfer window. While a loan to FC Valence seemed well underway, can the forcing of the Girondins de Bordeaux change the situation?
Alvaro, who extended last May until 2024, is not a strong man in Jorge Sampaoli’s head. Since the start of the season, the Spanish defender has played two matches in the Europa League, 6 in Ligue 1 (5 as holder) and 2 in the Coupe de France. The 32-year-old was not in the optics of leaving, but his situation and the interest of FC Valencia would have changed the latter. According to FootMercato, “Bordeaux spent the second on the file and made Alvaro its winter defensive priority. «
To read: Mercato OM: Alvaro opens the door? it remains unclear …
Bordeaux want Alvaro, can the Marseille player join a rival?
The Gironde club has also launched a cleaning of its workforce in order to free up leeway on its payroll. An internal Bordeaux source confirmed to the media specializing in the transfer window of the ongoing discussions with the player’s entourage. It remains to be seen whether the 32-year-old, particularly attached to OM and its supporters, imagines joining a rival …
Info: Alvaro Gonzalez priority for Bordeaux for this winter. Discussions (rather promising) have been started between the Girondins and the player’s entourage. Above all, it remains to convince the people of Marseille to join the Gironde … #teamOM https://t.co/pUhXAsAwwK
– Sébastien Denis (@sebnonda) January 11, 2022
The goal is to keep working. I spoke with the coach and it was easier – Alvaro
At a press conference, the main interested party had recently announced that he would give everything to try to win his place in the Olympian defense … Against Bordeaux, he was not available since he was positive for COVID-19.
“When you’re not playing, it’s not funny. But the goal is to keep working. I spoke with the coach and it was easier. When I was given the opportunity to play, I think I played well ” Alvaro Gonzalez – Source: Press conference (08/12/21)
OM: Another big blow for Sampaoli against LOSC?
After the absences of Gerson, Milik and Alvaro due to COVID-19, two other players tested positive at Olympique de Marseille according to L’Equipe. It would be William Saliba and Luan Peres!
Big blow for Jorge Sampaoli! Since the beginning of the 2022 calendar year, absentees linked to COVID-19 have been linked. For the first meeting against Chauvigny in the Coupe de France, the Argentine coach could not count on Konrad De la Fuente.
Saliba and Luan Peres positive for COVID-19
The match in Bordeaux (historic 1-0 victory thanks to Ünder) was also impacted by these absences with Gerson, Milik and Alvaro Gonzalez. This Wednesday, the newspaper L’Equipe informs us that two new cases have appeared on the Marseille side!
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Jorge Sampaoli will have to do without two of his executives: William Saliba and Luan Peres. The two central defenders would have tested positive for COVID-19 and could therefore be absent for the meeting against the LOSC. They were placed in solitary confinement according to the sports daily and should be re-tested in the coming days to ensure their presence or not for the reception on Sunday.
The Covid will be decisive in the coming weeks – Sampaoli
“I think the Covid will have a very important role in the rest of the season, with more and more positive cases in France and around the world. The spread is even faster than at the start of the pandemic, the numbers will only climb. Here at OM, there are currently only two cases, two players who will be forfeited for the upcoming match on Sunday. All the rest of the group is available, but we will have to be very careful, the Covid will be decisive in the coming weeks. As for Valentin Rongier, he did not train yesterday (Thursday) and today (Friday), he is affected in the foot, he returned from vacation as well. His condition has not improved in recent hours. We’ll wait and see if he feels better this weekend. » Jorge Sampaoli – source: Press conference (06/01/2022)
– Marseille Football Club (@FCMarseille) January 6, 2022
– Marseille Football Club (@FCMarseille) January 6, 2022
Mercato OM: A second start would be very close to being formalized!
After the departure of Jordan Amavi, Olympique de Marseille would be close to formalizing a second start. Loaned from the start of the season to Elche, Dario Benedetto will make his return to Boca Juniors!
Olympique de Marseille is not really the specialist club in terms of sales… However, a second Marseille player would be very close to being transferred during the winter transfer window in 2022! After the loan with option to buy Jordan Amavi to OGC Nice a few days ago, OM could let another player slip away!
A dry transfer for Benedetto to Boca!
Loaned to Elche since the start of the season, Dario Benedetto had not really managed to win in La Liga. The Argentinian seemed to be suffering from his departure from Argentina, even when he was in Marseille… According to information from TyC Sports, the media which informed us of Benedetto’s arrival at OM, Pipa will be back at Boca Juniors!
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It had been in the pipes for a few days but this time, the Argentinian media announced an agreement reached between the two clubs. This would be a dry transfer, not a loan. The sum is not mentioned but the duration of the contract he will sign there would be two and a half seasons.
👉🏼OM have accepted Boca’s offer for Dario Benedetto. Expected in the coming days in Argentina, he will sign for two and a half years. It would be a dry transfer. (@TyCSports) #TeamOM pic.twitter.com/NmrqY0DYsi
– Guillaume Tarpi (@GuillaumeTarpi) January 12, 2022
Sampaoli wants a central / full-back and an attacking full-back
With this second start, the wage bill could breathe a little more on the Marseille side! Although loaned to Elche, Olympique de Marseille certainly took part of the Argentinian’s salary. The amount of the transfer is not yet mentioned but it is always good for the finances of the club … What to invest again? Recent rumors send Cédric Bakambu and Sead Kolasinac to Olympique de Marseille.
“We have already commented on it before the club situation. The club is in a difficult economic situation which complicates the arrival of players that would be necessary. Jordan’s departure allows us the arrival of a new player. He didn’t play much with us. The club is undergoing restructuring. And we must reduce a salary to recruit another player. We talked a lot about the winter transfer window and in June with Longoria and McCourt. We also depend on sales. In our opinion, we need three or four more players to have a full squad. (…) We are looking for a player with an axial profile capable of playing on the left side but also the profile of a more offensive side. We asked ourselves this question. We need these two profiles, we will look for the best possibility. It’s a difficult transfer window. We need a few players to close a squad that is a bit tight. We are looking for a seasoned player who will also give the opportunity to Luan Peres because he has played a lot. « Jorge Sampaoli – source: Press conference (06/01/2022)