While Igor Tudor will sign Olympique de Marseille in the coming hours, the arrival of the former coach of Hellas Vrone has brought to light many rumors concerning players playing in Serie A. A brief overview.
Giovanni Simeone targeted by OM?
With Jorge Sampaoli gone, Pablo Longoria didn’t take long to find a new coach. Arrived Saturday evening Marseille, 24 hours after the departure of the Argentinian, Igor Tudor will commit in the next few hours with OM for two seasons.
The question now is whether the former coach of Hellas Vrone will try to bring in players he knew in Italy. Elements that the technician considers adapted to his 3-4-2-1 system, based a little more on verticality than on the excessive possession imposed by his predecessor. This is a possibility, because several Serie A players are announced on the shelves of Olympique de Marseille.
The Mertens rumor revives
The best known name is that of Dries Mertens. If interest in the 35-year-old striker was already circulating in Marseille a few weeks ago, the rumor was revived by La Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport. Free, even if he remains open to an offer from Naples for an extension, the Belgian would be interested in the idea of taking up a challenge on the Canebire, where he could find his former Neapolitan teammate, Arkadiusz Milik.
For OM, the case is interesting. The Red Devil is an element who has solid experience in the Champions League, unlike many players in the Marseille workforce. He is certainly not a player of the future, but his 11 goals scored in 30 league games during the last season show that he remains a very skilful attacker in the last gesture.
Tudor tent by 3 Hellas Vrone players?
Also in Italy, the Calciomercato site revived the rumor Giovanni Simeone (26 years old). The Argentinian striker, son of Diego Simeone, has already been courted by OM in recent years. The season passes, he was playing at… Hellas Vrone. Under Tudor’s orders, then. The latter could actually be tempted to bring back a player who has revived well by ending the exercise with a total of 17 goals and 6 assists in 37 games. But the case is not simple since the Italian club bought him definitively for around 10 million euros this summer. He could be very greedy to sell a player now under contract until 2026.
Tudor could try to seduce two other players playing in Veneto. The Italian media cites the names of Hellas Vrone midfielders, Ivan Ilic (21) and Adrien Tameze (28). The Serb and the French are coming out of a big season, which has not escaped many clubs. The first interests in particular Atletico Madrid, Lazio Rome or even FC Sville. The second, passed by Nice, is followed by Naples, FC Valence and Villarreal in particular. These two avenues are attractive but promise, there too, to be difficult to conclude for OM.
The Bakayoko and Vecino tracks
Timou Bakayoko (27), he is less popular. Ready for two seasons by Chelsea, the midfielder did not shine at AC Milan. The French international, who has only had five starts with the Italian champions, is even preparing to pack his bags sooner than expected. According to journalist Nicolo Schira, reputed to be reliable, the Rossoneri have decided to break the loan of the former Mongasque and send him back to England this summer, a year before the date initially fixed. The Blues are not counting on him and OM have expressed an interest.
On the side of Spain this time, El Desmarque evokes the name of the Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino (30 years old), who has been free since the end of his contract with Inter Milan and is interested in FC Valencia. This track would have already been studied by Longoria before the departure of Sampaoli, but the arrival of Tudor could relaunch the file, according to the Spanish media. And there could well be an air of Serie A Marseille next season…
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