The series of signatures at the Velodrome continues. Olympique de Marseille entered the summer transfer window with fire. The fourth big signings of the former European champion is the Turkish wing Cengiz Under from Roma. He came on a loan worth 500,000 euros, and the French club will have the option to buy him in the next year at a price of 8,000,000 euros.
Under arrived in Marseille last night in the company of manager Mirsad Jahović, and today it was officially confirmed. He will replace Florian Thauvin on the right-wing, who moved to the Mexican Tigres as a free agent. He is the fourth player to leave Roma since the arrival of Jose Mourinho.
Before him, experienced goalkeeper Antonio Mirante, right back Bruno Perez, and Brazilian central defender Juan Jesus went as free players. The Turk came to Roma four years ago from Basaksehir for a little less than 15,000,000 euros, had a good start but later fell out of shape.
He spent last season on loan in Leicester, but the English still did not buy him. Before Under, Marseille confirmed three more signings. The first was signed by the great Brazilian midfielder Gerson, who has been one of the key Flamengo players in recent years.
He was paid 25,000,000 euros. Then, the American left-wing of Konrad de la Fuente was bought from Barcelona for 3,000,000 euros. Argentine defender Leonardo Balerdi was bought from Borussia Dortmund for ten million, who performed well on loan and then Under arrived.
But that's not all because the French club has decided to completely rebuild the team at the request of coach Jorge Sampaoli. The Argentine expert was also looking for a new goalkeeper, so his wish will soon be fulfilled.
It is the Spanish goalkeeper Pau Lopez who arrives from Roma on loan with the must-buy right for 15,000,000 euros when he plays 20 games. Near the Velodrome is also a young French defender, William Saliba, who is under contract with Arsenal, for which he never played a minute because he spent the previous two seasons on loan in Saint-Etienne and Nice.
Now he is looking for a loan and Marseille will not have the right to buy him. Final negotiations are underway regarding the purchase of the Spanish right-back Pol Lirola from Fiorentina, and the best defender of the Brazilian championship, Luan Peres, is arriving from Santos for 6,500,000 euros.
French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is also coming to the Velodrome from Arsenal. Negotiations are in the final stages. Marseille will pay 1,000,000 euros for the loan, cover half of his salary from Arsenal, and then next summer there will be a mandatory purchase of the contract for 11,000,000 euros.