With a fairly limited workforce, Olympique de Marseille will have to strengthen this summer, especially in the event of qualification for the Champions League. And while the transfer window will only open its doors in June, the Marseille club would already be active behind the scenes with a priority named M’Baye Niang, the Stade Rennais player.
In Marseille, the attacker’s record is still as much talk. Last summer, the Marseille club spent more than € 15 million to associate the Argentinian Dario Benedetto with Valère Germain. Two men with a performance not really flamboyant in Ligue 1 (10 goals between them). Moreover, the second city is likely to pack up a year from the end of its contract. Unsurprisingly, if a departure occurs, you will have to recruit. A logical scenario, especially since André Villas-Boas had indicated last week that discussions on the face of OM version 2020/2021 would soon begin.
“We have talked a lot about next season. We expect the club to know more or less what the interests are for next year. I think we will have this meeting in March. (…) It is not up to me to say what is necessary. We are expecting Jacques-Henri and Frank, who are the club’s directors. You have to wait for the right moment to start conversations like that. Now with this gap, we can start to look with a different eye next season , ” he said at a press conference on February 20 .
And according to L’Equipe, if this meeting has not yet taken place, OM already has several profiles in mind. That of Rémois Boulaye Dia (7 goals in 23 L1 matches) is mentioned, but the sports daily reveals that the name that makes the Marseillais dream most is that of the Senegalese Mbaye Niang. Returning to France last season (on loan from Torino), the Stade Rennais striker had been definitively bought by the Breton club after a successful 2019/2020 season (11 goals in 1). This year, the former Caennais is already at 10. A successful bet for the Red and Black since Niang signs the two most prolific seasons of his career at 25 years old.