Pablo Longoria never hid it, he loves Argentina. He even often compares Marseille and Buenos Aires. “When I go to look for a player, especially if he is South American, I say to him: ‘you come to play for Boca Juniors of Europe’. In Marseille, the effort is not negotiable. There are three very similar cities in the world: Naples on one side, Buenos Aires and Montevideo on the other. Naples not so much, because Marseille is a port of entry for immigration, it is a hard-working city and a mix of different cultures. For that, the comparison with Boca is very good. ”
It is definitely a question of Argentinian talents at the moment at OM. After the rumors Thiago Almada, the jewel of Velez Sarsfield, another club from Buenos Aires, that Jorge Sampaoli would like to bring, we learn from the local media El Intransigent that the OM scouts are on the trail of Sebastian Villa (24). The Colombian winger is a major player in Miguel Ángel Russo’s device. Arrived at Boca Juniors in the summer of 2018 for € 1.8m from Deportes Tolima where he was trained, he has 89 matches in the blue and yellow jersey for 14 goals and 14 assists.
The player’s agent was in Marseille in recent hours
Performances which opened the doors to the Colombian selection (4 caps) and European ambitions. The Argentine media indicates in its columns that during his recent extension last February (he is under contract until December 2024), he was offered a more comfortable salary but above all the promise to benefit from an exit voucher. towards the old Continent during the next transfer window. Extend for a better start. His contract also includes a release clause of 40 M $ (33 M € approximately) but an offer between 8 and 10 M € should be enough to convince the management xeneize to let go of the right-hander who can also play on the left.
Already at Atlético Mineiro, Sampaoli had inquired about him, impressed by his qualities of speed and his ability to eliminate, and to believe the photos published on the Instagram account of Sebastian Villa’s agent, a meeting has even took place in Marseille in recent hours. One thing could facilitate the transaction: the desire of Dario Benedetto, who hardly plays for OM, to return to Boca where he played between 2016 and 2019. If we are already more at the stage of rumor, it will be necessary all the same beware because the Phocaeans are not alone at the time. In Argentina, the interest of Benfica is also mentioned.