Having not found a competitor to Jordan Amavi for two and a half seasons, Olympique de Marseille would like to try an attractive track. Back from loan, Caio Henrique sees his future blocked at Atlético de Madrid. Phocéens to take advantage of the window of shooting.
Since several transfer window and the dismissal of Patrice Evra (in 2017), the question of recruitment on the left flank of the defense of Olympique de Marseille has arisen. Last summer, the young Barcelona-trained defender Juan Miranda was contacted, but he finally took the path of Schalke 04. Niels Nkounkou did not want to sign professional, OM had three options behind Jordan Amavi. Hiroki Sakai to help out, Saïf-Eddine Khaoui in the same vein as the Japanese and Christopher Rocchia returning from a satisfactory loan to Sochaux. The latter is considered a possible double to Jordan Amavi, but he is currently experiencing physical problems.
Faced with the lack of guarantees in this position, Olympique de Marseille would have decided to move up a gear and activate certain tracks. One of them has just been revealed by Provence. The regional daily explains that the formation of André Villas-Boas would have views on Caio Henrique, the Brazilian left-back of 23 years (he blew his candles yesterday) who belongs to Atlético de Madrid. Arrived from Santos in February 2016, Caio Henrique evolved with the young colchoneros before having several loans in his local country. Whether in Paranà, Fluminense and more recently Gremio.
Watch out for Porto and Benfica
Back since the end of May and the end of his experience in Gremio, Caio Henrique – who is U23 international with Brazil – does not know what his future is in Spain. At Atlético de Madrid, Renan Lodi is indestructible and Mario Hermoso and Saúl Ñíguez can help out behind him. If the possibility of playing the liners behind his compatriot exists, the player would not be against a start. This could take place as a loan (with or without a purchase option) or as a dry transfer.
No price has been released for the moment, but Olympique de Marseille will have to be vigilant given their financial limits. Being able to offer a good exposure to the player as well as the opportunity to play in the Champions League, Marseille will be able to highlight its strengths to seduce the player. However, it will be necessary to pay attention to the competition. Portuguese clubs FC Porto and Benfica are said to be on the record and could go on the attack. Faced with this serious competition, Marseille will have to play elbows.