18th in La Liga, Espanyol Barcelona failed to save themselves and found themselves relegated to the Spanish second division despite a quality workforce! FCMarseille therefore offers you a brief overview of the players likely to be good moves for OM.
Sergi Darder, the right idea?
The captain of this team the spanish author of 6 goals and 3 assists has shown a very good level this season. A complete torchbearer midfielder, capable of doing almost anything on the ball, Darder has been closer than ever to his first selection with Spain in recent months. In addition to his sporting qualities, the 29-year-old has a definite advantage, he knows Ligue 1. The native of Artá has indeed played for Olympique Lyonnais for three seasons (2015-2018).
The passage from the Spanish championship to the French championship would therefore not be an insurmountable obstacle and could represent an interesting opportunity for him to succeed in really imposing himself in Ligue 1. Playing a European Cup with OM could help him to closer to La Roja. He is estimated at 16 million euros by Transfermakt and has a more creative profile than the players of theABOUT already present at his post.
César Montes, catch-up operation
Former great hope of Mexican football, Cesar Montes is a good central defender, very solid in duels but who has not yet reached the level of the hopes placed in him. At 26, however, it is not too late. The Mexican could be tempted by an adventure in a club of a higher standard than what he has known so far. From the height of his meter 95, Montes is an excellent leading player whether defensively or offensively, he has also scored 3 goals in 20 La Liga games this season.
Arrived at the winter transfer window, he could decide to pack his bags following the relegation of the club, Espanyol could also not be against a small capital gain in exchange for his central defender. Arrived for 8 million euros in Catalonia, a small ten million could be enough to attach his services.
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Omar El Hilali, the future Hakimi?
Jonathan Clauss should stay, Issa Kaboré will surely not be retained because of the price of his purchase option. OM will therefore be looking for a back-up for the right-back position this summer. Omar El Hilali could be an interesting and inexpensive opportunity to bring healthy competition to Clauss. The player of 20 ans has done all his classes in the selections of young Moroccans but should soon obtain Spanish nationality. Not yet fully integrated into Espanyol’s pro group, the Moroccan is a diamond to polish but his qualities could convince the future OM coach to include him in the rotation.
Fast player, able to make the difference in one against one, El Hilali is not a bad defender. Quite capable of playing on both sides, the 1m83 player could be a very good cheap option for the Olympian board. Just a few million euros could be enough to snatch him from the Catalan club. He is estimated at 500,000 euros by Transfermarkt.
Nico Melamed, is this the right time?
Already at the end of last season, rumors indicated an interest from Olympique de Marseille for the pocket attacking midfielder, Nico Melamed. The 22-year-old Spaniard of Argentinian origin can play as number 10 but also on the left side. Very good dribbler and endowed with a good vision of the game, Melamed could act as a potential successor to Dimitri Payet.
Valued at 6 million on Transfermarkt, he has a release clause of around twenty million euros but with the club’s relegation, OM should be able to negotiate their arrival at a lower purchase price.
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