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New Olympique Marseille manager wants to keep Bayern Munich loanee Michaël Cuisance

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Has Michaël Cuisance already convinced Jorge Sampaoli of his quality?

Olympique Marseille v Stade Rennes - Ligue 1 Photo by Jonathan Bartolozzi/Olympique de Marseille via Getty Images

They say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression and for Bayern Munich loanee Michaël Cuisance, that old adage might ring true.

Cuisance, who had a spectacular game-winning goal in a substitute appearance during Olympique Marseille’s 1-0 victory over Stade Rennais F.C. on Wednesday, has caught the eye of new Marseille manager Jorge Sampaoli.

Apparently that performance — plus a little homework — was enough of a good showing to help Sampaoli determine that he would like Cuisance to make his stay in France permanent.

“We are in talks, but still at the beginning. He’s also thinking about it himself. If there is a way, a compromise, so that he can stay, we want it,” said Sampaoli.

Sampaoli also indicated that he put in some work to get to know and understand Cuisance’s game prior to officially starting his new role.

“He’s a player that I studied before I came,” Sampaoli. “He’s got a lot of skill and scored a goal (against Stade Rennais F.C on Wednesday).”

The drawback for Olympique Marseille could be Cuisance’s rumored purchase option of €18 million which seems steep during the “COVID-19 Era.” Should Marseille and Bayern Munich be able to negotiate a more “market friendly” price, it is conceivable that Cuisance could, indeed, join the French club on a permanent basis.