In recent days, the name of Luis Muriel has been mentioned at OM but obviously this track does not please Javier Ribalta.
This weekend, Olympique de Marseille unveiled the name of its new director of football. This is Javier Ribalta, a close friend of Pablo Longoria, who will have his say during the transfer window. And the new head of the Marseille organization chart has already decided one of OM’s attacking files, that leading to Luis Muriel. While the name of the Colombian international was circulating in Marseille, Javier Ribalta put an end to the file according to information from Fabrizio Romano. According to the transfer window specialist in Italy, the new OM football director is simply not a fan of the profile of the Atalanta Bergamo striker. “Luis Muriel is not an option for Marseille. Longoria and Ribalta target other profiles » tweeted the journalist.
Javier Ribalta not interested in Luis Muriel
The profile of Luis Muriel, however, had something to please the supporters of Olympique de Marseille. Aged only 31, the Colombian had a great season at Atalanta Bergamo with 14 goals and 10 assists. Under contract with the Bergamo club until June 2023, his price was between 10 and 15 million euros, a tidy sum without seeming excessive. Pablo Longoria and Javier Ribalta finally made the decision not to dig this track. For the moment, it is mainly in defense (Touré, Bazoer) and in midfield (Coquelin, Witsel) that the leaders of OM are active. There is less urgency in attack as Cédric Bakambu, Arkadiusz Milik and Bamba Dieng have a good chance of staying at the club along with Dimitri Payet and Cengiz Ünder. It will still need a reinforcement in attack to exist in the Champions League. The priority of the Marseille staff could be a winger. Luis Sinisterra is unanimous within the Marseille management, but his price is as huge as his talent, around 25 million euros.