Olympique de Marseille are lining up Lazio midfielder Gonzalo Escalante as a replacement for the departing Boubacar Kamara.

As reported by Italian newspaper Il Messaggero (via LazioNews24) earlier today, Kamara seems destined to leave his boyhood club this month, refusing to renew a contract that expires next year in 2022. He is only a step away from joining Premier League side Newcastle, forcing the French club to find a replacement.

Marseille have identified the 28-year-old Escalante as a strong option, with coach Jorge Sampaoli believing the Argentinian to be fit for his system. A deal could be closed out for around €8 million, which would be a strong piece of business considering he arrived last year on a free transfer.


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Selling Escalante would also solve Lazio’s issues with the liquidity ratio, allowing them to close out the deals for Toma Basic and Filip Kostic.


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Escalante made 24 Serie A appearances last season, for a total of 716 minutes. In that time, he provided one assist.