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Marseille’s Defensive Shake-Up: Pol Lirola’s Imminent Departure

In the midst of a flurry of transfer activity at Olympique de Marseille (OM), which has seen the club make significant strides in bolstering its squad with high-profile signings, there is also a concerted effort to offload certain players. One such player who is on the brink of leaving Marseille is a defender whose departure appears increasingly likely.

The current atmosphere at the Canebière is particularly frenzied, as OM’s management team, led by President Pablo Longoria and Sporting Director Javier Ribalta, have been actively pursuing top-class talents such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ismaïla Sarr, and Geoffrey Kondogbia to strengthen Marcelino’s squad. Just when the supporters had begun to lose hope, a breakthrough occurred on Sunday evening when OM reached an agreement with Sheffield United for the transfer of Iliman Ndiaye. The young talent was warmly welcomed by over 500 loyal Marseille fans upon his arrival at Marignane a few hours later.

However, now the focus has shifted towards replenishing the club’s finances in the final month of the summer transfer window. As of now, OM has yet to secure a major sale and is keen on parting ways with certain unwanted players, including Pol Lirola. The right-back returned to Marseille at the end of last season following an unsuccessful loan spell at Elche. While Lirola initially expressed a strong desire to remain at Marseille this season, it seems that his future may lie with Deportivo Alavés. El Correo reports that the Spanish club’s officials are pushing hard to secure a permanent transfer deal with OM.

OM’s President, Pablo Longoria, is well aware of the opportunity to offload Pol Lirola once and for all and is unlikely to drive a hard bargain with Alavés for the Spanish defender. Discussions are currently ongoing between the two parties, and the Spanish officials are hopeful of reaching a swift agreement to finalize the 25-year-old player’s move.

Having arrived at OM on loan in 2021, Pol Lirola quickly established himself on the right flank and impressed the Marseille hierarchy enough to secure a permanent transfer just seven months later. However, much to everyone’s surprise, the Spanish full-back failed to maintain his level of performance, and now it seems that both the club and the player are eager to part ways.

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