July 1, 2022

McCourt puts pressure on Longoria and Sampaoli

Frank McCourt continues to invest in OM to strengthen his team. But he puts pressure on Longoria for a return on investment.

OM: € 85 million invested in the last transfer window?

Priority of OM since the acquisition of the club from the hands of Margarita Louis-Dreyfus in October 2016, Frank McCourt has invested several million euros, especially in recruitment. Last summer, he had to take out the checkbook to bring several players to the Vélodrome.

Direct transfers and loans made by Pablo Longoria in the summer of 2021 obviously have a significant financial cost. The payroll of Olympique de Marseille has suddenly climbed with the signatures of De la Fuente (€ 3m), Luan Peres (€ 4.5m), Leonardo Balerdi (€ 11m), Gerson (€ 25m) , Pol Lirola (6.5 M €), Pau Lopez (loaned), Mattéo Guendouzi (loaned), William Saliba (loaned), Cenzig Ünder (paid loan) and Amine Harit (loaned).

“This season, the investments have been substantial in the transfer market. Behind the loans with purchase options, clauses, bonuses and other arrangements, nearly € 85 million in compensation will be paid over the next few years, ”said The team. Moreover, the DNCG put pressure on the management of the Phocéens, by confirming the supervision of the payroll and transfer allowances of the club, as indicated last summer.

Olympique de Marseille forced to sell

In an attempt to balance its finances, OM is forced to sell. The transfer of highly rated players like Duje Caleta-Car or Boubacar Kamara, estimated at € 18 million and € 28 million respectively, should allow the Olympian club to replenish its funds. In any case, Frank McCourt expects to recover a good part of the under invested since his arrival. And that starts with good results from Jorge Sampaoli’s team, which would allow the Marseillais to stand out and gain value on the transfer market.

McCourt expects results (financial and sports) from Longoria and Sampaoli

The American billionaire rightly recalled on France 24 : “Our goal is to be on the podium at the end of the year and to be able to play in the next Champions League”. “I think the team has every chance of being able to do it. With Pablo and Jorge, I think we will get there, I am very satisfied with the way they work, ”he said afterwards, before putting pressure on the president of the OM and the executive board. Argentinian coach: “I would be very disappointed if we didn’t do it”.

According to figures from L’Équipe, Olympique de Marseille lost nearly € 310 million in four years, from 2016 to 2020.