Under pressure from owner Frank McCourt, Pablo Longoria must register sales before the end of the transfer market. But some players are difficult to push out, like striker Cédric Bakambu, determined to win at Olympique de Marseille.
Two weeks before the transfer window closes, the main rumors around Olympique de Marseille concern possible departures. Pablo Longoria, at the request of owner Frank McCourt, must now raise money on the transfer market. This is why the President has removed the word “untransferable” from his vocabulary. From Cengiz Ünder to Gerson, via the Polish Arkadiusz Milik, all members of the workforce are likely to leave in the event of an offer deemed satisfactory.
Bakambu fails Celta Vigo
And the rule is all the more valid if the player concerned has a large salary that does not correspond to his performance or his status in the team. This is indeed the case of Cédric Bakambu whose gross monthly income of 400,000 euros weighs heavily in the finances of the Marseille club. Suffice to say that Pablo Longoria rubbed his hands when Celta Vigo came forward to recruit the 31-year-old striker. Only here, the former player of Villarreal, who had left good memories in the Spanish championship, is not ready to leave Olympique de Marseille this summer.
The La Liga resident is preparing to free up payroll thanks to the departure of Santi Mina in Saudi Arabia, allowing him to strengthen his attacking sector. But the local daily Faro de Vigo claims that the Marseillais refused the invitation. The Congolese international, who signed up last winter until 2024, wants to stay and finally win at the resident of the Vélodrome. However, the task promises to be difficult for Cédric Bakambu, far from being a starter in the eyes of coach Igor Tudor.