OM have found happiness on the left with Darko Lazovic. But the signing of the Serb in Marseille is not yet official.
Eager to strengthen its left lane during the summer transfer window with a piston accustomed to the position, Olympique de Marseille had initially set its sights on Nuno Tavares. Close to joining OM last week, the Portuguese from Arsenal expressed doubts a few days later about his future. Offended by this about-face, Pablo Longoria put the file on stand-by and fell back on Darko Lazovic, the Serb from Hellas Verona, soldier of Igor Tudor in Serie A last season. Very quickly, an agreement was reached with the 31-year-old player on the basis of a three-year contract. Discussions have also moved in the right direction with Hellas Verona and an agreement is almost tied up for a transfer between 4 and 5 million euros. However, as indicated by the Italian press and confirmed by L’Equipe, a point still blocks the finalization of the Lazovic file at OM.
OM still confident for Lazovic
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The stumbling block is called Kevin Strootman, whom the Marseille leaders want to include in the deal in order to send him to Hellas Verona. After two decent loans in Serie A, the Dutchman no longer has a hellish rating but remains a useful player for second-tier teams. In this sense, Hellas Verona accepted the idea of recovering the Dutchman… but not at any price. On Wednesday evening, there was still no final agreement on the salary plan between Kevin Strootman and the transalpine club, which indirectly prevents the signing of Darko Lazovic at OM. The national daily wants to be reassuring, however, and explains that for the moment, the case of Kevin Strootman does not seem to call into question the arrival deemed imminent of Lazovic. The player is expected in Marseille by the end of the week, and his arrival would almost conclude the transfer window of Pablo Longoria, who has also recruited Gigot, Touré, Blanco, Luis Suarez, Clauss and Mbemba. A defensive midfielder could be added to this already substantial list to fill in numerically the departure of Boubacar Kamara. Then, OM will have to work to remove a number of undesirables (Luis Henrique, Amavi, Kolasinac, Caleta-Car).