MARSEILLE old-timer SAKAI heading back to home country

11.05.2021 17:37 of Claudio Colla   See readings
MARSEILLE old-timer SAKAI heading back to home country
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Playing for Olympique de Marseille since 2016/17, Japanese international right-back Hiroki Sakai (31) is allegedly getting more and more likely to part ways with Ligue 1 prominent side, and, according to latest French news, join back his home country, notably Urawa Red Diamonds realms. Still on a deal with Ohème until June 2022, Sakai is meant to be handed out on a 1.5 million euros transfer fee. Playing in European football since summer 2012, Sakai was previously linked to either a first-time move to England or a return into the German scene.

Meanwhile, Marseille top brass are getting more and more adamant to buy his natural replacement, Pol Lirola, back from Fiorentina.


Name in home country: 酒井 宏樹

Date of birth: Apr 12, 1990

Place of birth: Kashiwa, Chiba  

Age: 31

Height: 1,83 m

Citizenship: Japan

Position:Defender - Right-Back

Foot: right

Player agent: Sarcle Co. Ltd.

Current club: Olympique Marseille

Joined: Jul 1, 2016

Contract expires: Jun 30, 2022

Date of last contract extension: Aug 29, 2019

Current market value: €4.50m

Highest market value: €8.00m (Jul 2018)

Clubs he used to play for: Hannover 96, Kashiwa Reysol, Mogi Mirim (Brazil)

Youth clubs: Kashiwa Mighty FC (1999-2002), Kashiwa Reysol (01/2003-12/2008)