Mercato | Mercato – OM: Pablo Longoria has a big job to solve!

Posted on January 11, 2022 at 5:30 am by TM

During the last summer transfer window, OM has strengthened considerably in central defense. A sector of play that could well preoccupy Pablo Longoria in the weeks and months to come.

Evolving in a hybrid pattern with 3 central defenders, Jorge Sampaoli needed reinforcements in this position. Pablo Longoria made the wishes of the OM manager come true. While Alvaro Gonzalez was already on the Canebière and Duje Caleta-Car did not finally leave, Leonardo Balerdi was definitely bought from him at Borussia Dortmund . At the same time, William Saliba was loaned, with no option to buy, by Arsenal while Luan Peres was acquired from the Santos side. So now Sampaoli has what it takes in central defense, but it won't last.

A renewed central defense!

Whether it's winter or summer, the central defense of OM could change face considerably. First of all, in this month of January, it is above all about the departure of Duje Caleta-Car . While Pablo Longoria has to sell, the Croatian is pushed towards the exit. But he might not be the only one packing his bags as Alvaro Gonzalez could also walk away, falling outside Sampaoli's plans. Likewise, at the end of the season, William Saliba will return to Arsenal . Enough to oblige the OM prepared the future in central defense and that is why Samuel Gigot ( Spartak Moscow ) would be targeted .

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