While the transfer of Bamba Dieng to Nice was cancelled on Thursday due to a problem detected during the medical, the club is still working on the arrival of the Marseille striker as a joker. But the Gym wants to lower his price.
After a particularly eventful day on Thursday, Bamba Dieng (22) is still at the heart of the transfer news in France this Friday, while the summer market closed its doors last night. As a reminder, the Olympique de Marseille striker refused at the last moment to sign for Leeds, a club with whom everything was sealed, to sign for OGC Nice in the final hours of the mercato. Before the transfer finally failed because of a knee problem detected during the medical examination. But the operation has not completely fallen into the water.
Nice wants to lower the price.
As explained on Friday (read here), Nice has not given up the idea of recruiting the Senegalese international as a wild card. “This player is a subject that has often been discussed with us. That’s it, it could not be done as we wished. We are looking at whether we can do it a little differently, that’s it. I can’t say any more”. confided the president of the Eagles Jean-Pierre Rivère during the day. By talking about “doing a little differently”, the Nice manager sent a message to OM. Because, according to the information of RMC, the Gym wants to pay less because of the particularity detected in the knee during the medical examination. The problem is that the Phocaean club, believing that it is a “minor” problem, remains inflexible: either the African champion is transferred at the agreed price (around 12 M€), or he does not sign for Nice.
Favre is waiting for Dieng.
Both parties have every interest in reaching an agreement to complete a transaction that suits everyone. For Marseille, it is a significant sum that would fall into the coffers of the club for a player that Igor Tudor does not count on. On the side of Nice, it is a recruit still expected by Lucien Favre. “If I want the player? Yes,” replied the Gym coach in a press conference on Friday. Before developing: “He can play on one side, he can play in the axis, he goes very fast. It can be important for us.” The Swiss can now only wait.