The Olympique de Marseille is agitated behind the scenes. Plunged into a sporting crisis, the Marseille club must juggle in parallel with a particularly lively transfer window. Indeed, Pol Lirola and Arkadiusz Milik arrived this winter to strengthen the team coached by André Villas-Boas. In the direction of departures, the door was wide open for the placardized Kostas Mitroglou. A little more used than the Greek, Marley Aké (20 years old) did not have much playing time. Indeed, the native of Béziers has only appeared thirteen times in all competitions this season.
But the games he played were all as a substitute. Barred by strong competition despite his potential and talent, the footballer born in 2001 knew that Milik’s arrival would not help his affairs. A departure was therefore privileged this winter 2021 so that he could continue his progress and gain playing time. Quickly, clubs were in a hurry at the feet of Aké and OM to attract him during this month of January. Nîmes, Le Havre and Sochaux were interested in his profile. The same goes for FC Bruges.
A new challenge in Turin
But all this little world has been beaten by Juventus, as revealed exclusively on our site. The Old Lady advanced her pawns in the home stretch of the transfer window and won the game by completing the transfer of this great Olympian hope. The Bianconeri have just made the news official. “Juventus confirms agreements with Olympique de Marseille for the following operations: the definitive acquisition of Marley Aké against € 8 million payable in 3 financial years, the player signed a contract until June 2025; and the final sale of Franco Tongya against € 8 million payable in three installments ”, can we read on the official press release.
At 20, Marley Aké is therefore making a new start in a club where competition is even more intense than at Olympique de Marseille. He will be able to benefit from the advice and experience of stars like Cristiano Ronaldo or Paulo Dybala. There, he will also find other young people who have passed through France, like the former OL player Hamza Rafia, who is living a daydream. A trajectory that Marley Aké intends to draw inspiration from to succeed in Piedmont.
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