The transfer market closed Thursday, September 1, at 11 p.m. In Ligue 1, this summer transfer window was agitated. And Olympique de Marseille, like most clubs in the French championship, have multiplied transactions. This summer, the Marseille club even achieved the most expensive transfer window in its history. With eleven recruits in total, OM has constantly fueled rumors and transfer window information. Thanks to the players that the club has recruited… but not only. Because the Olympian club has also been talked about with completely crazy rumors. Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann… many renowned players have been announced on the Canebière. We take stock of the craziest rumors.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the crazy dream showered by Longoria
The rumor rose little by little in the middle of August. What if Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving Manchester United and whose profile has been rejected by several big European teams, could land at OM? If the rumor seems crazy, since the player would then have had to make a huge financial effort – he who receives 28 million euros a year in England – the Marseille club met several criteria. Popular fervor, qualification for the Champions League, a competition that CR7 has never missed since arriving at Manchester United in the summer of 2023.
On social networks, OM fans have started to multiply messages of enthusiasm for the fivefold Ballon d’Or. On Twitter, the hashtags #RonaldoOM and #RonaldOM flourished. On Wednesday August 24, the rumor of the presence of Jorge Mendes, the agent of the Portuguese star, at Toulon airport spread like wildfire. The singer Vitaa, the rapper Jul or the former OM striker Djibril Cissé participated in the general fire. Before the president of the Marseille club, Pablo Longoria, brings everyone back to Earth. “It’s like wondering if Haaland or De Bruyne have a chance to come to Marseille… We have to do with the means we have. »
Antoine Griezmann to forget CR7
As soon as the Cristiano Ronaldo rumor died out, OM fans began to dream of Antoine Griezmann. The trail leading to the 2018 world champion has resurfaced. As we know, the French international appreciates Olympique de Marseille. But it is above all the delicate situation of “Grizou” at Atletico de Madrid that has given hope to Marseille supporters. Because since his return to the Colchoneros on loan, the Frenchman has not regained his former level. Worse, Griezmann’s playing time is set to be seriously curtailed this season.
Indeed, the Frenchman is taken hostage in a war of attrition in which his club and FC Barcelona are engaged in the subject of a contractual clause. If the French world champion plays more than 50% of the matches this year, the purchase option will be automatically exercised and the Madrid club will have to pay more than 40 million euros to FC Barcelona. What the Colchoneros leaders have no intention of doing at all, who ordered Diego Simeone to leave Griezmann on the bench at kick-off as assured by our colleagues from the Team. But once again, the dream of Olympian fans should come up against financial reality.
Paulo Dybala prefers Roma to OM
At the end of his contract with Juventus, after seven years in the colors of Turin, Paulo Dybala led the start of the transfer market this summer. Coveted by OM, the 28-year-old striker finally signed up with José Mourinho’s Roma. Again, it was the Marseille fans who relayed this rumor extensively. Specialized in transfer window news, the Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano quickly showered Olympian hopes: “I have a lot of questions from OM fans, but I’m told that Paulo Dybala is not an option for Olympique de Marseille as things stand. No negotiations in progress. »
Memphis Depay still at Barca
Looking for a big attacking reinforcement in early August, Pablo Longoria studied the track leading to former Lyonnais Memphis Depay. In a bloodless financial situation, Barça sought to sell a number of players this summer, in order to lower their wage bill. Among the list of undesirables: the name of Memphis Depay. The Olympian leaders were therefore interested in the file, Depay having the advantage of knowing the French championship. But faced with the difficulty of the file, Pablo Longoria would have quickly started looking for other leads. This explains in particular the signing of Alexis Sanchez in mid-August.
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Tanguy Ndombélé prefers Italy and Naples
Back in Ligue 1 last winter for a six-month loan to Olympique Lyonnais, Tanguy Ndombélé did not really convince during this new parenthesis in the Rhône. And the tricolor international still does not enter Antonio Conte’s plans and is looking for a new way out. Early August, Sky Sports assured that Marseille and Galatasaray were options for the midfielder. But the player prefers a transfer to Italy or Spain. What shower the interests of OM. Tanguy Ndombélé finally signed up with Naples.