News today that Marseilles are willing to sell their talented 27 year-old French International right winger Dimitri Payet, who played for Lille for two years before moving to Marseilles last year on a four-year contract, for a transfer fee of around €9M – £7.2M,
27 year-old Marseilles winger Dimitri Payet
The new manager at Marseilles is Marcelo Bielsa, and the Argentine has only recently taken over from former manager José Anigo, and he has told the player he has no future at the club, and Payet has been officially put on the transfer list.
Marseilles will at least want to get their money back on the player, so the reported fee of £8M seems a reasonable one, but whether Newcastle will move in aggressively for the French winger, we don’t know.
As usual there will be a number of other clubs after the player, although Newcastle are now desperate to break their duck in the transfer market so far this summer.
Payet is a very good player with great skills, and he would be a popular signing for Newcastle fans, and last season he made 45 appearances for Marseilles with 8 goals and 8 assists, and before that while at Lille for two seasons, he played 95 games with 19 goals and 30 assists.
We think this lad would be a good signing for Newcastle, but if we really want him, Newcastle will need to move in (very) quickly.