Marseille are on the verge of a big money takeover according to reports from France.
The one-time major players in French football have fallen on hard times and with no Champions League football cash in recent seasons, they have been forced to sell most of their best players.
Imbula, Thauvin and Payet left for a combined £40m last summer and Gignac & Andre Ayew were also allowed to leave for nothing as Marseille couldn’t afford to offer them market level wages.
However, after near relegation last season, salvation could be at hand.
France Football report that talks are ongoing with Iranian investors who are ready to offer around £80m to buy the club, with up to an extra £400m to then be invested in the playing squad, stadium and other infrastructure.
If the takeover goes through, it could not only ensure the club’s survival but potentially even allow them to compete with PSG in the longer term.
The club from the capital finished a ridiculous 31 points ahead of runners up Lyon and 48 points ahead of Marseille.
The hope for Marseille fans is that the investment could keep their last remaining star player striker Michy Batshuayi at the club and help them invest in other talent to compete.
In a knock-on effect, Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez could be set to benefit.
The NUFC Manager has been promised a transfer budget plus whatever he can raise through player sales.
Remy Cabella is understood to be scheduled to be confirmed as a permanent transferred player at Marseille this summer after triggering the deal whilst on loan last season. However, there had been worries that Marseille wouldn’t be able to raise the £6m+ they had contractually agreed to pay.
Whilst in the case of Florian Thauvin, with Marseille’s finances so perilous, it looked as though the Ligue 1 club couldn’t even manage to offer a further loan deal this coming season.
Thauvin had initially struggled after returning to his former club on loan but finished the season as one of their best players and scored in the French Cup final loss against PSG.
Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez clearly don’t/won’t see either player as an asset in the coming Championship season, so any saved wages and transfer fees will only strengthen Rafa’s hand without weakening his preferred team/squad in any way.
Let’s hope this Marseille takeover goes through smoothly…