Still looking for a defensive midfielder in the transfer window, OM are very interested in the profile of Jordan Veretout.
As reported by L’Equipe newspaper a week ago, the French international from Roma is Olympique de Marseille’s priority in midfield. Pablo Longoria, who has just finalized the arrival of Nuno Tavares on loan and who is working hard to recruit Alexis Sanchez, does not forget that there is still a lack of a defensive midfielder in the squad to compensate numerically for the departure of Boubacar Kamara at Aston Villa. This Friday, Il Messaggero in Italy confirms that OM’s priority in this position is Jordan Veretout. But while the positions of Roma and Marseille are not so far apart, the deal is on stand-by. And for good reason, José Mourinho wants to finalize the transfer of a midfielder before validating the departure of Jordan Veretout.
Roma want to sign Wijnaldum first
It’s no secret that AS Roma’s priority in this position is Georginio Wijnaldum, who is one of Paris Saint-Germain’s undesirables this summer. But as indicated elsewhere, the negotiations are blocked between the Parisian club and the Roman leaders. An agreement has been reached in principle for a loan with an obligation to buy Wijnaldum, but discussions are stalling over the assumption of the former Liverpool midfielder’s salary. Moreover, the talks are complicated by the existence of a €3m bonus in Wijnaldum’s contract at PSG, a bonus which the Dutchman must collect before July 31. In Italy, it is estimated that optimism is still in order to see Wijnaldum sign in Rome, a transfer which would undoubtedly unblock the situation of Jordan Veretout. Il Messaggero understands that OM are offering 10 million euros for the Frenchman while Roma would like to recover 2 million euros more. A gap far from being insurmountable, especially since the two clubs have very good relations after the transfers of Pau Lopez and Cengiz Ünder.