Marseille finally land their second left-back.
After days of negotiations, Quentin Merlin has finally left Nantes to join Marseille.
Even before the surprise departure of Renan Lodi to Al-Hilal, Marseille president Pablo Longoria had said that signing a left-back was a priority for the club in the January transfer window.
A few days later, Longoria signed Swiss defender Ulisses Garcia from Young Boys. However, Lodi’s move to Saudi Arabia forced Longoria to find a second specialist at the position.
Marseille explored a number of options, including Rennes’ Adrien Truffert, who was demanding a fee of at least €15 million. They then turned to Nantes’ Quentin Merlin.
According to our sources, Merlin had quickly reached an agreement with Marseille, but Nantes were blocking his departure. This forced Marseille to consider other options, such as Arsenal’s Nuno Tavares and RB Leipzig’s Angeliño.
In the end, Marseille and Nantes were able to reach an agreement, and Merlin is now set to join the club until 2028. The 21-year-old will wear the number 3 shirt.
Marseille paid around €12 million for Merlin, who has made 68 appearances in Ligue 1 for Nantes. He will be reunited with two former Nantes players at Marseille, Valentin Rongier and Jordan Veretout, who will help him settle in at the club.
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