Ajax Amsterdam wants more than anything to recruit Leonardo Balerdi in the transfer window. For OM, it is inconceivable to sell the Argentinian despite his sometimes tense relations with Marseille supporters and the financial offer of the Dutch.
The ugly duckling that has become a jewel to protect is in a way the summary of Leonardo Balerdi’s Marseille season. The Argentinian defender of OM was heckled by part of the Marseille public at the start of the season. His level and especially his approximations irritated the Velodrome. High point of this disenchantment, his match against Lille on September 10th. Igor Tudor had released it before half an hour under the broca of the public. But, since then, Balerdi has regained confidence and has had a string of tenures with OM. His level is more adequate with Marseille’s ambitions and the public as well as management no longer want to let go.
Ajax would offer 20 million for Balerdi, Longoria inflexible
The president of OM, Pablo Longoria, is giving the best proof of this. Indeed, since the start of the winter transfer window, Balerdi has been the subject of powerful interest from Ajax Amsterdam. The Argentinian’s performances caught the eye of the ajaccide management while in addition Daley Blind left to sign at Bayern Munich. The big Dutch club, second in its championship, is close to convincing the player.
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▫️Ajax negotiates with OM defender’s entourage
▫️The Argentinian is inclined to join a club that is ready to invest between 15 and 20 M€ in him
▫️ At OM, it is said that the player is not for sale
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However, it’s a different story with OM according to Foot Mercato. Despite a possible offer between 15 and 20 million euros, Pablo Longoria categorically refuses to sell his solid defender. Longoria and Igor Tudor are happy with the player’s performance. Above all, they know that it would be very difficult to find a replacement of his level on the market in the event of departure. Only one thing can make Pablo Longoria waver, it’s an excessive offer from Ajax while OM still have to find a striker and perhaps a piston for the end of January.