Runner-up to Paris Saint-Germain last season and qualified for the next Champions League, Olympique de Marseille now intends to take advantage of the summer window to achieve an ambitious transfer window and thus appear at its best on the European scene during the next exercise. With this in mind, Pablo Longoria, president of the Marseille club, has been active in recent hours and is multiplying the tracks, especially in midfield. Francis Coquelin, Miralem Pjanic or Axel Witsel, there are many names to burst into the sports press.
Priority target of the Marseille boss, Axel Witsel, at the end of his contract with Borussia Dortmund, also seemed very close to joining La Canebière. And for good reason. As recently revealed by our colleague from AmazonPrime Karim Bennani, the Phocaeans offered a two-year lease plus an option to the Belgian international. Information confirmed by us, which more at a time when OM seemed to have the favors of the player and his wife. Yes but here it is, according to the latest indiscretions of the RTBFthe situation has completely changed.
OM doubled on the wire!
Unless there is a last-minute reversal, the Belgian international midfielder (124 caps, 12 goals) should thus join Atlético de Madrid. Also announced on the shelves of the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Liégeois would indeed have agreed with the Colchoneros. With this in mind, the Belgian media specifies that all that is missing is the signing to formalize his move to Spain from the beginning of next week. Promised to the Marseillais, it is therefore on the Madrid side that the Red Devil should continue his career. Expected this Monday to pass the traditional medical examination, Witsel should even sign with Atléti on Tuesday.
A real blow for the Marseille board, very close to affording an experienced environment and accustomed to European games. Convinced by the speech of the sports director of Atlético de Madrid, Andrea Berta, Witsel was also tempted by the project of Diego Simeone whom he also met. After his stints at Standard, Benfica, Zenit Saint-Petersburg, Tianjin and Borussia Dortmund and a total of more than 600 professional matches, Witsel is therefore preparing to discover a new championship and a sixth club in his career. . For its part, OM, doubled on the wire, will now have to activate other tracks to try to console themselves …