Mercato: what is Longoria playing with Dieng? – Soccer

While awaiting the imminent departure of Arkadiusz Milik for Juventus, Pablo Longoria is still looking for a base for Bamba Dieng. Problem, the president of Olympique de Marseille is very greedy for the Senegalese striker. Maybe a little too much…


Will Dieng stay in Marseille?

There are players who refuse to leave a club because of their very comfortable salary. Then there are players who refuse to leave because they love their club. Bamba Dieng (22) is part of this second category.

Remunerated at 40,000 euros per month, the Senegalese striker is the player in the professional workforce who costs Olympique de Marseille the least expensive after Simon Ngapandouetnbu (15,000 euros). And yet, Pablo Longoria does everything to push him out.

A fixed price … 25 M€

Everything is really everything. Even if it means not leaving the player the choice of his future destination. In particular, there was talk of a loan from Lorient, where the African champion could have a lot of playing time to show himself in the event of a future sale or a return to the Marseille group with the thicker leather. A departure, still in the form of a loan, Nice, which is looking for an attacker, has also been mentioned. But there too, the Spanish leader is not convinced by this movement.

No, the boss of the Marseille team wants a dry sale. And not just any price. While there was talk of an assignment of between 10 and 15 million euros, an amount well above the 400,000 euros paid for his arrival from Diambars FC, in October 2020, the daily La Provence tells us that the Iberian wants to recover a much larger check with the departure of the Lion from Tranga: 25 million euros!

Is Longoria on the wrong track?

How to explain such a high price? The Southern media says that in Longoria’s mind, Dieng will not be sold to a curia of France at a price lower than that paid by Rennes for Arnaud Kalimuendo, whom he considers of the same value . A rather strange positioning knowing that the ex-Paris Saint-Germain player was coming out of two consistent seasons, the last of which with 12 goals in Ligue 1, with Lens. Above all, the no-Rennais had a much higher rating, especially abroad, than Dieng.

With the imminent departure of Arkadiusz Milik from Juventus, the possible transfer of Cdric Bakambu, courted by Celta Vigo, Longoria will quickly have to decide with the native of Pikine: give him the opportunity to join a less upscale club on loan and aim a major transfer in the future or keep him in the squad to offer a different solution Igor Tudor. Because one week from the end of the transfer window, it seems unlikely to recover as much money for the young striker. A versatile player who, let’s remember, costs almost nothing…

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