Looking for a midfielder to compensate for the departure of Boubacar Kamara, OM are targeting Axel Witsel and Francis Coquelin.
The composite portrait of the future defensive midfielder of Olympique de Marseille is emerging. After Boubacar Kamara’s departure from Aston Villa, Jorge Sampaoli and Pablo Longoria agreed that OM should follow the trail of an experienced player, already used to Champions League games. This observation will be valid for the transfer window as a whole but even more so for the recruitment of the player to this so strategic position of number six in the device of Jorge Sampaoli. In its edition of the day, the newspaper L’Equipe reveals that two players are in very high position in the short-list of Olympique de Marseille. The first is none other than Axel Witsel, free of any contract after his experience at Borussia Dortmund and who declared at the height of his 33 years that he wanted to continue his career in Europe, in a club competing in the Champions League. In this case, it is Atlético de Madrid who acts as the main competitor but OM have solid arguments to put forward to convince Axel Witsel.
Witsel and Coquelin, the two hot tracks of OM
Pablo Longoria makes this file his priority because the Belgian with a well-stocked CV has the advantage of being free… unlike Francis Coquelin. The French midfielder playing at Villarreal is Olympique de Marseille’s second hot spot in midfield. The ex-Arsenal player is under contract until June 2024, which means that Pablo Longoria will have to pay a transfer fee to dislodge him from the “Yellow Submarine”. According to estimates by L’Equipe, the Spanish club will claim between 5 and 10 million euros for Francis Coquelin, whose season has been paradoxical at Villarreal. Indisputable holder in the eyes of Unai Emery in the Champions League, the Frenchman shone on the European scene. But he has not always started in the league, which could encourage him to leave to join a club where his status will not vary depending on the competition. It remains to be seen what path will materialize for Marseille, whose objective is clearly established at the start of the transfer window, namely to recruit a technically skilled player, physically rough and who has solid European experience in this position of defensive midfielder.