Darko Lazovic was one step away from OM but in the end, the Serbian international from Hellas Verona will not join the Marseille club.
Hard blow for Igor Tudor at Olympique de Marseille. After obtaining the signature of Jonathan Clauss from Lens, the Croatian coach of OM thought to hold his future left piston in the person of Darko Lazovic, one of his innkeepers at Hellas Verona last season. An experienced player (31 years old), very technical, reliable and accustomed to Igor Tudor’s device, the player ticked all the boxes. But ultimately, his arrival at Olympique de Marseille should not materialize, according to information from the Gazzetta dello Sport. In its edition of the day, the newspaper with pink pages reveals that Darko Lazovic is no longer really leaving for Marseille. And for good reason, while he was close to OM for 3 million euros last week, Lazovic will finally stay in Italy.
Hard blow for OM, Lazovic stays in Verona
Discovering Darko Lazovic
His season 21/22 (part.1) on video 🔥🇷🇸 pic.twitter.com/87jx09NUrV
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A real locker room manager at Hellas Verona, the Serb provoked a revolt on the part of his teammates, who firmly opposed his departure according to the Gazzetta. It is particularly rare that such a reason is mentioned to justify the cancellation of a transfer but obviously, the players of Hellas Verona have been convincing with Darko Lazovic in order to persuade him to stay at the club. Beyond the rumble in the locker room, it was above all the case of Kevin Strootman who derailed the deal. And for good reason, the Gazzetta confirms that OM and Hellas Verona failed to reach an agreement on the distribution of the Dutchman’s salary, who was to go the opposite way to Darko Lazovic. There is no doubt that this news represents a real blow for OM, especially since the Nuno Tavares (Arsenal) track had also become complicated, the Portuguese being now closer to Atalanta Bergamo than to Marseille. Pablo Longoria will therefore have to redouble his efforts to find the rare pearl in this left piston position, where the Marseille club can currently count on the undesirable Jordan Amavi and Sead Kolasinac.