The divorce seemed consummated. Released by Olympique de Marseille, Gerson had anticipated his vacation and skipped the trip to Monaco (3-2) to return to Rio de Janeiro. But, after the declarations of intentions concerning a return to his favorite club, the transfer seems to have stalled. The serious injury of Amine Harit (sprained cruciate ligaments in the left knee) at the Stade Louis-II may have changed the situation, making the presence of the Brazilian midfielder (25) during the second half of the season perhaps more useful than expected.
Still, Gerson’s return to the country is not a formality. This is what the president of Flamengo, Rodolfo Landim (65), confirmed to us: “He has a contract in force with OM. There have been discussions but we are very far from having reached an agreement. »
A transfer fee deemed too high
Recruited in the summer of 2021 for €25m (€18m + €4m in bonuses + €3m in agent commissions), OM hope to limit the damage and claim €15m from the Brazilian club. A sum too high for the latter, despite the receipts linked to the recent victory in the Copa Libertadores.
“There is a huge gap between what OM demands and what we can offer”
“It is a very complicated operation to carry out, assures Landim. With the player and his staff, we agree. Flamengo loves Gerson and we would like to have him with us. But, given how things are developing, I have the impression that it will be very difficult (to achieve this transfer). »
On the side of OM, it is explained that the negotiations are in slow motion, a game of poker seeming to be engaged between the two parties. The intermediaries who brought Gerson to Marseille could settle the situation in the coming weeks.