It is certainly a big loss for Jorge Sampaoli’s OM. The kid Boubacar Kamara flew to Aston Villa, leaving a gaping hole in the Marseille midfield. Focus on the tracks of the moment to ensure the succession.

The value of Boubacar Kamara in Marseille is no longer to be proven. The neo-international tricolor has not yet exploded in the eyes of all, and yet he was certainly one of the executives of OM in recent seasons. A fortiori in the demanding eleven of Jorge Sampaoli. Aston Villa may not give him more visibility, but the future of the versatile midfielder seems to be mapped out. Far from Marseille, therefore, where he left a huge void that Pablo Longoria has been working to fill for long weeks already.

Despite the proposals made by the Spanish president of OM, in recent months it was written that the person concerned would take off at the end of the 2021-2022 financial year. Also the former sporting director of the club anticipated the thing by quickly contacting the Roma of Jordan Veretout in particular. To date, it is certainly the hottest and most realistic option to replace “Bouba” Kamara. At a reasonable price which is more since the 29-year-old Giallorosso, also international A under Didier Deschamps, could change air for an envelope of 10 to 15 million euros.

In the register of experienced players likely to take up the Olympian challenge, the names of Etienne Capoue and Axel Witsel were also able to circulate behind the scenes of the Commanderie. Nothing concrete for the time being but the two profiles in question have mainly been retained by Longoria, subject to approval by Sampaoli which a priori has not yet come. Ideally, the Argentinian coach of OM would like to poach the phenomenon of Palmeiras Danilo, who has just been called up to the Brazilian selection. Yes but now, his club is not necessarily a seller and will not hesitate to raise the auction for an item whose current lease runs until December 2026. In a few days, the rating of the 21-year-old kid has already passed from 20 to 30 million euros. And the European suitors are just beginning to arrive…

André, a real lead to dig?

The bet is therefore not won in advance for this young Auriverde, nor is it for the midfielder of Vitesse Arnhem Riechedly Bazoer, already approached last summer by Longoria and all the more attractive today that he is out of contract. In L1, AS Monaco in particular has also sniffed out the windfall and has established itself as a formidable competitor for the Phocaeans. Marseilles who may have the necessary assets, on the other hand, to convince a veteran experienced in the rudiments of the French elite such as Benjamin André.

The former Ajaccien and Rennais, Lille since 2019, could see his career take on a new dimension at 31, playing C1 with OM. He too saw his profile validated by the very observant Olympian president, if only as the third best recoverer of the season across the seven major European championships (Portugal and the Netherlands included), behind the player from Utrecht Adam Maher (317) and Montpellier Jordan Ferri (300) and from the top of his 296 scraped balls according to statistical data from the Squawka site. One year from the expiration of the contract, the native of Nice can be negotiated two to three times less than its intrinsic value estimated at 12 million euros by the specialized site Transfermarkt. Big deal ?

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