In the process of completing the signing of Cédric Bakambu, OM are also advancing their pawns in the Sead Kolasinac file.
The winter transfer window is historically calm in Marseille but with Pablo Longoria at the helm, all the balances are upset. After the departure of Jordan Amavi, loaned with option to buy in Nice, the president of Olympique de Marseille immediately took advantage of the payroll released to move forward on the Cédric Bakambu file. An agreement has been reached with the former Villarreal striker, free since December 31 and who should initial a two-and-a-half-year contract with OM in the coming hours. According to the information of Fabrizio Romano, the 30-year-old Congolese international will not be Marseille’s only winter recruit. And for good reason, the transfer window specialist says that contacts have been made between the Marseille club and the entourage of Sead Kolasinac, at the end of the contract in six months at Arsenal.
Negotiations underway for Kolasinac at OM
Arsenal are prepared to let both Sead Kolasinac and Pablo Marí leave this month. Udinese are working to sign Marí on straight loan, negotiations ongoing. ⚪️🔴 #AFC
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 12, 2022
The Bosnian international will not be selected by the Gunners, who have Nuno Tavares or Kieran Tierney in this left-back position. Sead Kolasinac, who has totaled 118 games with Arsenal and 43 games with Bosnia since the start of his career, is on the way out and is of great interest to Olympique de Marseille. Pablo Longoria and Jorge Sampaoli appreciate his ability to play in a four-man defense or to be able to shine as a piston in a five-man defense. Negotiations are therefore currently being conducted between OM, Arsenal and the entourage of Sead Kolasinac for an inexpensive transfer from the Bosnian to Marseille. It remains to know the salary requirements of the player, who touched comfortable emoluments in the Premier League. Like Cédric Bakambu, who gave up part of his Chinese salary to join Marseille, will Kolasinac do the same? This will undoubtedly be necessary so that OM can complete this operation.