A first recruit approaching?, Marco Otero expected, Génésio met Mandanda?… The 3 news from OM this Friday!

A first recruit approaching?, Marco Otero expected, Génésio met Mandanda?… The 3 news from OM this Friday!

Like every evening FCM offers you the 3 OM transfer window news of the day! On the program this Friday: A first recruit approaching?, Marco Otero expected, Génésio met Mandanda?

Mercato: OM about to sign their first recruit?

As revealed by Football Club de Marseille, Axel Witsel is a priority target for Olympique de Marseille. The Belgian international could even be the first recruit of the Marseille club. Negotiations have accelerated in recent days.

We exclusively reveal to you OM’s interest in Axel Witsel more than 15 days ago. Talks with the Belgium international have intensified in recent days. The former Dortmund player followed by other clubs but made Marseille his priority.

According toe journalist Nicolo Schira, the signing would even be very close to Witsel at OM should even be done quickly. We’re talking about a 2-year contract plus an option.

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To read: Mercato OM: Witsel confirms!

Witsel lives for his sport, he’s fit, perfectly fit

“Everyone knows Axel Witsel, he is a very important recovery player. Whether you are low block, middle block or high block, with his experience he knows where to place himself. He is someone who after recovering does not keep the ball, he will directly play laterally or forward. If he feels the team is under pressure, he can physically spin or hold the ball. He can also line up as the 4th central defender in a 3-man defense. We are on an element of experience, he lives for his sport, he is fit, perfectly fit, “ it’s not like Eden Hasard who will gain 22kg at each break”. Witsel trains all the time, he is always on top, you have to see how he recovered at his age from his ruptured Achilles tendon. It also shows that his body is completely healthy. You shouldn’t expect statistics from him, goals and assists it’s not his thing, he projects a little but not a lot, on the transition during a high recovery, but he is not a player who will come into the opposing box after a long possession put his head. It’s a good piece of experience for OM in any case…” Florian Holsbeek – source: FCMarseille (16/06/2022)

OM: Marco Otero expected in Marseille this week

For a few days already, Marco Otero had been approached to be the new director of the training center in Marseille. According to AS, he finally decided to accept Pablo Longoria’s offer.


Pablo LONGORIA President of Olympique de Marseille

After the departures of the management of the training center of Nasser Larguet and Jean-Claude Giuntini, Longoria was quick to find a replacement for them. Marco Otero, at FC Valence since 2019 where Pablo Longoria had brought him, should probably leave Valence for Marseille. Indeed, he would be on the verge of terminating his contract, which still has two years left, to join OM and would have already said goodbye to his management.

Marco Otero has a good reputation in the industry, he is an experienced technician who speaks French but also English and German among others. Inter Milan and Schalke 04 would also be on the spot. However, OM have a weight advantage with the presence of Pablo Longoria.

Read also : OM: Longoria is continuing to restructure its organization chart!

Bring a new dynamic to the training center

If OM had a good season this year by finishing second and qualifying for the Champions League, in reserve and in training, on the other hand, the atmosphere was different.

The Marseille reserve was relegated to National 3, and saw its management leave the Marseille ship. Marco Otero, Longoria’s number 1 choice, will therefore have to be able to give new impetus to training.

In addition to the summer transfer window, the internal transfer window continues for Longoria, after the departure yesterday of deputy director Nathalie Nénon-Zimmerman.

Mercato OM: Génésio met Mandanda?

The summer transfer window has started, it’s agitated in the direction of arrivals but also departures, Steve Mandanda has touches in Ligue 1. According to François Rauzy, journalist for France Bleu via a Space on Twitter, the Olympian goalkeeper would have met Bruno Génésio , the coach of Stade Rennais a few weeks ago.

Steve MANDANDA of Marseille during the Quarter Final, First Leg, UEFA Europa Conference League match between Marseille and PAOK Thessaloniki at Orange Velodrome on April 7, 2022 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Johnny Fidelin/Icon Sport)

The future of Steve Mandanda at OM seems difficult to predict. Under contract until 2024, the goalkeeper would not like to start a new season in the shoes of a number 1bis or even 2. If things do not change for him, a departure could then be mentioned this summer and if Nice were a time interested in the French international, another suitor would already take action to recover Mandanda.

READ ALSO : Mercato OM: Djibril Cissé validates two Longoria targets!

Will we see Steve Mandanda again with the OM jersey, the hypothesis is allowed. Indeed, the French international’s season has not been ideal with competition from Pau Lopez. Announced on the departure by certain media, Mandanda would however expect goalkeepers on his future playing time next season. The decision is up to the Marseille leaders who will have to tell the 37-year-old goalkeeper the role he will have next season, following this one, Steve Mandanda will make his decision.

Genesio-Mandanda contacts?

Aged 37, Steve Mandanda will probably have no difficulty finding a club. On the shelves of Stade Rennais and OGC Nice for a few weeks now, the 2018 world champion will have a choice. But according to some media, it is Rennes who would be the club most interested in recovering the OM goalkeeper. According to information from Francois Rauzyjournalist for France Bluepronounced during a Space Twitter, Bruno Génésio, the coach of the Rennes club would have met Steve Mandanda a few weeks ago…

Read also : Mercato: OM about to sign their first recruit?

Interviewed on RMC Sport, former AS Saint-Etienne player Jean Michel Larqué believes that Steve Mandanda should stay at Olympique de Marseille. According to him, the Olympian goalkeeper is much better than Pau Lopez and deserves to start at OM next season.

“Mandanda will make the choice he wants but Rennes is a bad choice. Yes it is an ambitious club and needs a goalkeeper but when I observe what is happening at OM with the goalkeepers, I quite simply have the impression that there is a starter and a substitute. There is clearly one goalkeeper who is better than the other, it’s Steve Mandanda. Steve Mandanda must not leave OM because the club needs him and because he is better than Pau Lopez. That’s why I think he would make a bad choice by leaving OM. It’s the best asset for them in goal. » Jean Michel Larque – Source: RMC Sport (10/06/2022)

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