Longoria and Papin hesitated to recruit a star from Salzburg

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For a few weeks now, Pablo Longoria has surrounded himself with a big name on the side of OM who has taken on the role of sports adviser. Jean-Pierre Papin, mythical scorer of the Marseille club, came to accompany the Marseille president in his task, with a role whose content remains unclear on a daily basis, but which he obviously tried to apply during the last Mercato.

Papin recommended Sekou Koita

According to information from the Team this Thursday morning, Jean-Pierre Papin has indeed tried to advise an attacker to recruit Pablo Longoria this winter. Sekou Koita, 23-year-old attacking midfielder or left-handed striker who plays for Red Bull Salzburg, would have caught his eye for a long time. Papin would therefore have recommended him to Longoria, obviously also aware of the talent of the player whom he also appreciated.

However, a downside finally slowed OM to take action. Koita suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in his knee a little over a year ago and obviously did not give all the physical guarantees for an investment this winter. Wanting operational players, Longoria would have backed off as Leicester or Hoffenheim tried their luck without Salzburg facilitating a departure.

To sum up

During the winter Mercato, Pablo Longoria and Jean-Pierre Papin agreed on their interest in a Malian crack that OM could have recruited… Nevertheless, doubts about his physique finally made the Marseille president back down.



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