OM: the departure song for a defender?


Olympique de Marseille could part with a defender during this summer transfer window. The Bouches-du-Rhône club would not close the door to a departure from Pol Lirola.

The leaders of Olympique de Marseille now have carte blanche. After the decision taken by the National Directorate of Control and Management to lift all sanctions against the Bouches-du-Rhône club, Paris Saint-Germain’s last runner-up in Ligue 1 can take action on the transfer market , without any restriction. In terms of arrivals, the Marseille staff would think in particular of Claudinho, the Brazilian attacking midfielder from Zenith Saint Petersburg. Olympique de Marseille would also be eyeing Manuel Benson, the Belgian midfielder from Royal Antwerp.

51 TCC games in 2021-2022

The summer transfer window will not only be dynamic in terms of arrivals. In the radius of departures, the workforce of Jorge Sampaoli will be reduced by several players. After Boubacar Kamara, who signed a free contract with Aston Villa, and William Saliba, closer than ever to a return to Arsenal, other elements could pack their bags, like Duje Caleta-Car. The Croatian defender would appear on the shelves of a Serie A team. A departure from Pol Lirola would also be considered. According to daily information The TeamOlympique de Marseille would have probed the Italian market in order to find a base for the Spanish right side.

Loaned in January 2021 by Fiorentina, before his final transfer to Canebière six months later against a check for 6.50 million euros, the former member of Sassuolo could give his approval for a start in the off-season, no doubt aware that the Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli will not give him much confidence in the coming months. Under contract until June 2026, Pol Lirola took part in 51 matches in all competitions during the 2021-2022 season, for 34 Ligue 1 matches and one goal.

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