The winter transfer window is officially open in France since today and will run until February 1. While it is no secret that OM are actively looking for striker and right-back positions, the economic and sporting conditions must still be met so that both the Olympian club and the player are interested in concluding a transfer. At this time, two tracks seem to emerge for OM: Arkadiusz Milik in attack and Timothy Fosu-Mensah in defense.
Fosu-Mensah, in search of playing time
Fosu-Mensah is not in the odor of sanctity at Manchester United and will be free from any contract next June. His trainer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, no longer really relies on the 22-year-old Dutchman and according to the latest information from Skysport, he would seriously consider leaving England this winter. From there to imagine an express arrival at OM? Not that easy. As often, the Olympian club is not alone at the time, Herta Berlin being convinced by the profile of the player. The fact that he will be free in a few months also remains appetizing both for interested clubs and for the player, who will, moreover, have to make an important choice for the rest of his career, at an age when the time to game remains essential. If OM want to succeed in attracting the player, Pablo Longoria will have to elbow their way while convincing Fosu-Mensah that there is a real place for him in Marseille.
Milik, a goalscorer to revive
Pablo Longoria’s other hot track leads to Napoli’s Polish striker Milik. In recent hours, several sources have reported a real interest of OM for the striker, the Gazzetta dello Sport even stating that the player is convinced by an arrival at OM with a view to obtaining playing time and that there would have already been positive exchanges between André Villas-Boas and the entourage of the Pole. At this stage of the negotiations, the most important thing remains: the agreement of the club that holds the boy. Because here again, Milik comes to the end of the contract in June and Napoli does not intend to give gifts. If a loan seems difficult to achieve, a transfer fee for this winter is working, see an exchange (with Thauvin?), As the Portuguese coach recently explained at a press conference (see video). Anyway, if these two tracks are really in the priorities of the Marseille board, nothing can be concluded in a few days given the complexity of the cases in which the Olympian club is not necessarily in a strong position. But, it is the game of the market and it is often what we judge the effectiveness of a sports director and the know-how of a club.