For his club’s official website, Pablo Longoria returned to the start of the OM transfer window. The president considers the market “very speculative” at the moment and recalls the need to see recruits who stick to the project, led by Jorge Sampaoli.
The season is preparing on the side of OM. After a few changes in staff and the known summer calendar, the Marseille club will have to finalize the outlines of the future workforce. In an interview for the club’s official website, president Pablo Longoria returned to the start of the transfer window, which was rather shy, and the different objectives of it.
“We have targeted the positions we want to strengthen and those in which we need to improve. At the moment, we are facing a very speculative market, estimated the Spanish leader. We therefore have our objectives but we must remain consistent against this trend, as we have done since day one at the club.”
“A logic of collective construction” with Sampaoli
For the time being, Marseille has not formalized any recruit, except for defender Samuel Gigot, whose arrival was completed last January. In recent days, Jorge Sampaoli has not hidden his impatience or even his concern with the leaders. However, it should be noted that the DNCG gave the green light on Thursday to allow OM to recruit.
“Like last season, we must all work together in the same direction. On recruitment, it’s a real logic of collective construction with Jorge and his staff, around two aspects: the team’s style of play and the player profiles, which must be complementary to each other, noted Longoria. This is essential work with many issues, which must lead to our ability to put the individual at the service of the collective with a very strong game identity. That’s why it’s very, very important that everyone can think together and work in the same direction for the good conduct of the project.”
A new organization chart at OM
Faced with the departure of Boubacar Kamara, Marseille have not yet found a replacement. The track leading to Axel Witsel ultimately came to nothing. Marseille are also looking for a new defender, who could be William Saliba, considered a priority file by Sampaoli after his successful loan spell. But the operation seems complex. The Argentinian wishes in any case to have the means to assume his ambition, with his sights set on participation this season in the Champions League, where he will need a solid and large enough workforce to cope.
In recent days, a new organization chart has been put in place at OM, with Javier Ribalta appointed as director of football, who has already worked with Longoria at Juventus in the past. David Friio has been promoted to sporting director and Marco Otero finds himself technical director, in charge of training. “What is important for me is to have complementarity in the organization chart”, justified Longoria on his choices, who wishes to surround himself “with a very high level collaborator at all levels”.