May 22, 2022

Longoria close to an incredible blow in defense!

Author of an ambitious transfer window this winter, l ‘OM is already planning on next summer and would be close to completing an incredible operation in defense.

OM Mercato: A Marseille darling soon to be back

Omnipresent last summer on the transfer market, Paul Longoria did it again this winter, completing the signings of four important players. In addition to Bakambu, Kolasinac and Gigot, who arrived in January, the Spanish sporting director also announced the signing of young Emran Soglo, 16, from Chelsea FC last night. Only, according to Provence, the Olympians would also have tried to bring in another experienced player, who knows the Marseille city well.

According to local media, Marseille Olympics wanted this winter to enlist Hiroki Sakai, currently with the Urawa Red Diamonds. OM’s priority sector during this transfer window, the full-back position wanted to be reinforced by Longoria and the Japanese full-back ticked all the boxes. Only, if the deal could not be concluded in time between Marseille and its former player, it would only be a postponement, announces the source, since a return to Olympian soil would greatly please the Japanese international, who would have even given his fire green to the Marseille leaders.

Sakai this summer, a good idea?

The door would now be wide open for Hiroki Sakai to return to Olympique de Marseille this summer, but this potential comeback raises certain questions. Adulated during his stay in the south of France, from 2016 to 2021, for his dedication and his seriousness throughout his Olympian adventure, the 31-year-old seemed to have drawn a line in Europe last summer, returning to the Japanese championship nine years after his departure. At an advanced age, the idea of ​​a return to a competitive and ambitious club like OM is enough to leave fans perplexed.

If it is clear that on the sporting level, Pablo Longoria would be better off turning to younger and progressing options, on the human aspect, the arrival of Sakai could be beneficial to an increasingly young locker room. Like Adil Rami a few seasons ago or Steve Mandanda, the Japanese side could have the mission of supervising and transmitting his experience to the younger generation.