The Congolese striker Cédric Bakambu, a former Villarreal player, became this Thursday the first signing of the winter market of Olympique de Marseille, to which he arrives free of contract after ending his relationship with Beijing Guoan and, according to L’Équipe, he signs for two seasons and a half.
Bakambu, 30, was trained at the French Sochaux, from which he left for the Turkish Bursaspor and, later, for Villarreal, where in three seasons he played 105 games and scored 47 goals.
In January 2018 he signed for Beijing Guoan, with whom he scored 58 goals in 87 games.
Before being international with Congo, he defended the colors of France, his native country, in the lower categories, with which he became European Under-19 champion in 2010.
Later, he opted for the African team, with which he played the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019, in which he scored three goals.
His name was on the agenda of other clubs, such as Sevilla.
The signing of Bukambu coincides with the news that Marseille wants to dispense with this winter market for Cantabrian defender Álvaro González, who does not fit into the plans of coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Álvaro is looking for a team
At 32, the Villarreal player is also looking for a way out of France and according to the newspaper L’Équipe he has been offered to Valencia.
Considered a key piece of Marseille, where he arrived in 2019, Álvaro has fallen out of favor with the arrival of Sampaoli, who this season has relegated him to the bench on a regular basis.