Rarely will OM have struck so early on the transfer market. Mercato which, officially, is not yet open. As Gerson’s signature is acquired, two more rookies are expected shortly.
The portrait is flattering, as drawn by L’Equipe’s correspondent in Brazil, Eric Frosio: “For me, Gerson is the best player in the Brazilian championship! A Luiz Gustavo 2.0: faster, more robust, more creative. It’s hard to take the ball away from him. He also knows how to strike from afar with his left foot. In short, it is the future darling of the Vel! Other assiduous observers of the Auriverde elite make the same observation: loon has certainly just afforded one of the most beautiful Brazilian nuggets of the moment.
According to RMC, the 24-year-old midfielder has already initialed his five-year contract for the Marseille club. After an agreement reached on Saturday between the Marseille staff and Flamengo, for 20 million euros and a percentage on resale. It remains to be seen when the person concerned will disembark in the Old Port, the Carioca leaders wishing a priori to benefit from his services until July 10. A participation of the latter in the Tokyo Olympics is not to be excluded.
For sure, OM in any case will not stop there. Under the leadership of their former sporting director and now hyperactive president Pablo Longoria, the Olympians are now working on concluding two other hot files for a while. The first concerns another announced phenomenon, this Argentinian one: Thiago Almada. The jewel of Vélez Sarsfield, an attacking midfielder coveted by Juve in particular, would have been seduced by the speech of his compatriot Jorge Sampaoli and would also be preparing to sign. For 15 million euros, excluding bonus.
His arrival, however, could be postponed until next winter – time for the 20-year-old talent to finish the Copa Libertadores campaign with his training club. On the other hand, that of Matteo Guendouzi is indeed imminent. Returning to Arsenal after a season on loan at Hertha Berlin, the international Under-21s does not intend to stay in London and has already met Pablo Longoria and Jorge Sampaoli. His will is clear: to rally to La Canebière as quickly as possible. It remains for the Marseillais to find common ground with the Gunners, who do not intend to retain the former Lorientais a priori.
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