After having already failed in the case of Trossard, OM has again lost the battle for Ivan Ilic and Terem Moffi. Not to mention Bamba Dieng, whose sale finally did not happen.
The mercato of OM had started rather well. Ruslan Malinovskyi arrived from Atalanta on loan, while in the opposite direction, Gerson returned to Flamengo, Luis Suarez was loaned to Almeria, and the young Issak Toure went to Auxerre to get some playing time. Pablo Longoria was still looking for a striker and an attacking midfielder to conclude this month of transfers. Problem, the failures are accumulating.
The management worked for a long time on the track of Leandro Trossard, the Belgian of Brighton in conflict with the English club where he was one of the driving forces of the team. In the end, it was Arsenal who snatched the 28-year-old winger for €25m. An impossible sum for OM. Another solution had to be found and the name of Ivan Ilic quickly appeared in the media. For a while it even seemed that he was about to say yes to the Phocéens.
OM’s black Thursday
But that was before Torino increased their offer to Hellas Verona, who asked for €15 million, Sky Sport Italia reported last night. The Serbian international (7 caps) preferred to stay in Serie A, while everything seemed to be tied up with OM. A new blow for Pablo Longoria and Javier Ribalta, who will have to dig elsewhere. But there are only 5 days left before the closing of the market. Certainly, they have already shown that they have resources.
And then there is the case of Terem Moffi, which is bogged down. This time, the Marseille management has probably understood that it could not do anything. The Lorient striker prefers to join Nice, which has sent a 5th offer as revealed yesterday. OM has tried to link this case to that of Bamba Dieng, before dissociating the two cases. The Senegalese went to Lorient with whom an agreement had been found but this time it is the medical examination that posed a problem … When nothing goes.