Duje Caleta-Car, a real pillar of the OM defense, has become a reference in his position in Ligue 1 despite a complicated first season. The Croatian defender has caught the eye of Liverpool, who, after missing out on him this winter, intend to recruit him this summer.
The blossoming of the solid Caleta-Car at OM
His first match at the Velodrome took place on the evening of a Europa League semi-final. At that time, Duje Caleta-Car was wearing the shirt of RB Salzburg and was defeated in a boiling Marseilles. Having caught the eye of Olympic leaders and Rudi Garcia, the Croatian international (10 caps) joined Olympique the Marseille for just under twenty million euros. Under the orders of the current OL coach, the Sibenik native had a first season that was half bad, playing only 27 games in all competitions without really managing to impose himself in the OM backline. He will do it the following season thanks to Andre Villas-Boas, who will trust him much more than his predecessor, allowing him to discover the Champions League. A year and a half later, Caleta-Car has established himself at the current sixth place in the championship and performs well despite the collective failures of his team as the one that occurred in Canet in the French Cup.
Liverpool wants him at all costs
Such prowess inevitably whets the appetite of the big European clubs, which do not seem insensitive to his progress. The most pressing cador remains however Liverpool. Already interested this winter, the Reds were very close to winning the bid but the management of OM and Pablo Longoria had then done everything to keep him, scuppering his transfer in the last hours of the winter market. But according to the tabloid Liverpool Echo, this episode has not dampened the ardor of the club coached by Jürgen Klopp. The British media says that the Scousers’ leaders are seriously thinking of repositioning themselves on the player this summer, and an offer of thirty million euros could even make the Marseille board, which is in the grip of cash flow problems, bend.