How Marseille’s transfer activity to should play out today

Marseille are expected to complete at least two arrivals and one departure today as Vincent Labrune spends what is surely his final hours in Milan this morning.

Last night, Marseille President Vincent Labrune had reached an agreement with Juventus for the signings of Mauricio Isla and Paolo de Ceglie both on loan with options to buy.

Mauricio Isla has agreed to the move, de Ceglie asked yesterday morning for some thinking time. If De Cegile, surprisingly, pulls out of the move, OM will rapidly return of D’Ambrosio of Inter Milan.

In return, Marseille had also finalised an agreement with the Serie A side for the departure of Mario Lemina, on a loan deal with an obligatory buy-out option.

They are now looking for a striker, but possibly also another central midfielder. The answer to their striker search may be at AC Milan. Milan offered Marseille Mbaye Niang yesterday, one that Marseille rejected, and are pushing ahead with negotiations for Alessandro Matri.

The player was already offered to Marseille last week and his excessive wages combined his relative lack of interest in joining OM pose as considerable hurdles, even today.

Another potential problem for Marseille is that according to our colleagues at Mediafoot Marseille, OM will have fulfilled their quota of the amount of players they are permitted to bring in on loan after the finalisation of the Isla and De Ceglie deals. This means that any additional attacker could not join the club on loan.

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