Olympique de Marseille were on the verge of recruiting Leandro Trossardin January 2023. But Arsenal finally won the day, for 30 million euros.
Wishing to offer strong competition to the Portuguese Nuno Tavares, who will leave OM at the end of the season after his one-year loan, or to expand the attacking sector after the injury of Amine Harit, Pablo Longoria and OM have been active on Belgian Leandro Trossard this winter. Wishing to leave Brightonthe 28-year-old left winger had reached an agreement with Olympique de Marseille.
Journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi confirmed this to France Télévisions: “OM have been working on this deal for several weeks. According to a close friend of (Leandro) Trossard, he had given his consent to OM but Arsenal in recent hours has changed everything. The club, leader of the Premier League, quickly convinced the Belgian international, selected for the 2022 World Cup, to stay in the English championship, instead of discovering Ligue 1.
Trossard’s agent confirms
Less precise than Mohamed Bouhafsi, Leandro Trossard’s agent, Josy Comhair, confirmed this to HLN that the French club, like others, was one of the many suitors for the winger, author of 7 goals and 3 assists in 17 games this season: “I called Edu on Wednesday. I explained the situation to him. Before the World Cup, we agreed that Leandro (Trossard) should not sign a new contract with Brighton. So they had to sell it. Marseille were interested, I also spoke to Tottenham. They wanted to wait. Spurs were in contact with us for the last two weeks, but it was: ‘We want it, but wait here, wait that…’ On Wednesday we contacted Arsenal, within 24 hours they had an agreement.
After the Ukrainian Ruslan Malinovskyi, another international could have joined the Canebière. That said, OM would already be on another file, to close the winter transfer window in the direction of arrivals.