We had published a report almost two weeks ago that Marseilles had entered the race to sign Bafetimbi Gomis, the French International striker who is in the last year of his five-year deal at Lyon, and it looks to be between Newcastle and Marseilles as to where the player, who turns 28 on Tuesday, will end up.
Bafetimbi Gomis – will consider Marseilles
And while Newcastle have already agreed a fee and personal terms of around £45K/week for Gomis, Marseilles are thought to be considering their own offer for the player.
The French club will first have to meet the €8M fee plus €2M in add-ons, and if they can do that, it’s possible they could better Newcastle’s wage offer to Gomis, and then he could do a Remy and go where the money is – and that would not be to Newcastle.
The French League is not one of the top leagues in Europe, but Marseilles are in the Champions League next season, and that could help Gomis get into the French World Cup squad for next summer in Brazil – which is one of his major goals.
And there may be some good news for Newcastle this morning in that the Frecnh Daily L’Equipe is reporting that Gomis’ agents have revealed that Marseilles are not willing to pay the add-ons of €2M (£1.7M), and of course the first thing they would have to do is to meet the Lyon asking price, which Newcastle have already done.
However, there is also an added complication they are reporting of who will pay the 5% sell-on fee that is due to his former club Saint Etienne, so the deal is still complicated and not complete yet – but that 5% should come from the selling club not the buying club.
Lyon seem almost as frugal as Newcastle and they try to maximize the fee on Gomis.
But another thing that seems to be in Newcastle’s favor is that Gomis wants to join Newcastle, but while the Magpies seem close to the deal, we were with Loic Remy in January but at the last minute he went to QPR for bigger wages.
So you can never be sure – and it’s a case of once bitten, twice shy – but there has to be a decent chance that Newcastle can close the deal on Gomis over the weekend, and if we can do that it would be great news.
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