In the small papers of the Olympique de Marseille for several months, Boulaye Dia will not be retained by Reims this winter. But do OM have the means to afford the top scorer in Ligue 1.
In search of an attacker likely to replace – or even supplant – Dario benedetto at the forefront of the Marseille attack, theOlympic Marseille finally had to settle for the arrival of the only Luis Henrique. Although promising, the young Brazilian nonetheless remains essentially a lane player and the record of the Argentine center-forward and his understudy remains distressing with a zero point for the two men, the former player of Botafogo having certainly had to be content with three meager appearances.
If Florian Thauvin and the Olympians defenders have sometimes been able to take over, OM is slowing down in attack, the Ciel et Blancs still not having scored a single goal in the Champions League and presenting the 13th attack in Ligue 1 with 12 goals. The vice-champions of France are therefore obviously tempted to take advantage of the next winter transfer window to correct the situation. And a name comes up with insistence in the entourage of the Olympian club, that of Boulaye Dia, author of a thunderous start to the season with the Reims stadium. To the point of emerging at the top of the scorers standings with eight goals in eight matches.
I could not oppose his departure.
The young striker (24 years old) is obviously a big part of the recovery of the Champagne club but its president Jean-Pierre Caillot does not intend to oppose his departure during the next winter transfer window in the event of a satisfactory offer. ” If he stays, I would be delighted, if he has a proposal that suits him and we too, I could not oppose it, because I gave my word… ”, he confided. in the columns of The Union.
He could have left this summer because he had an exit voucher, “said the leader of Reims, adding:” That Boulaye did not leave cannot be considered a failure. We discussed it recently with his agent. He did not leave because he did not have the project he wanted and the proposal he wanted. Boulaye Dia refused two offers: Lokomotiv Moscow and Hellas Verona. For various reasons, he did not want to go to these clubs. We never forced his hand, which explains his current development. ”
Olympique de Marseille will therefore have a card to play this winter. He still has to have the means to put on the table the 10 or 12 million euros claimed by the Stade de Reims.