Mercato Mercato – OM: Azmoun, this time, is it the right one?

THE 05/24/2023 3:56 p.m.

Mercato Mercato – OM: Azmoun, this time, is it the right one?

Last winter, the Iranian international almost joined OM.

Sardar Azmoun almost signed for Olympique de Marseille last winter, before the Marseille club finally opted for Vitinha. But the chances of seeing it actually land on the Canebière this summer are not dead.

Olympique de Marseille supporters already know that the summer transfer window is likely to be rather lively on the Canebière. Especially in the offensive sector, where Vitinha is slow to satisfy the thunder despite a record transfer of 32 million euros (bonus included, editor’s note) last winter from Braga.

There is obviously no question of a departure for the Portuguese, but a competitor must be recruited. With this in mind, the Marseille club would have reactivated the track leading to Sardar Azmoun (28 years old).

Second chance for Azmoun?

Remember, last January. In the home stretch of the transfer window, faced with Braga’s greed for Vitinha, Marseille President Pablo Longoria approached Bayer Leverkusen for the Iran international, and the latter already imagined joining the south of France. « My transfer to Marseille was almost 100% completed, but was canceled at the last moment. Even my jersey number had been chosen…“, he named in February on the site of the Iranian Federation.

Make way for a possible second chance, according to information from picture. As the tabloid Deutschland explains, the one who found playing time in the second half of the season with Bayer Leverkusen still has questions and has an uncertain future in Germany. And according to our colleagues, OM would still be interested in the very versatile striker Iran, who could leave the current 6th in the Bundesliga for a check in excess of 10 million euros!

Azmoun to roll back Sanchez?

Completely credible information despite the arrival of Vitinha in January. First of all because the Portuguese needs competition, as explained above, and especially because the recruitment of Azmoun could allow Alexis Sanchez to find a position as an attacking midfielder, the Chilean being on track to stay at OM according to the last echoes. As for the interest of the Iranian for the Marseille club, it is difficult to doubt it after last winter, especially since the Champions League could enter into the calculation.

Igor Tudor’s men end the season in 3rd place in Ligue 1, so it is impossible to reverse the situation, and will therefore go through the 3rd round and then the play-offs before reaching the group stage in C1. A difficult mission of being impossible for OM, which could then benefit from Azmoun’s experience in pure European competitions, he who has played it regularly with Rostov, Zenith Saint-Petersburg and the Bayer.

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by Gilles CamposTHE 05/24/2023 3:56 p.m.