French international Andre-Pierre Gignac is almost certain to leave Marseilles in January, as he becomes a free agent in the summer, and his French club may want to get a nominal fee for him in January rather than lose him for nothing next summer.
Andre-Pierre Gignac – to leave Marseilles in January
It seems that the player who turns 29 a week on Friday wants to make a move to the Premier league and there are a number of English clubs who have been linked with him – because he is very good player who comes at a knockdown price.
But at 29 – he just doesn’t fit the profile of players Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants to sign,. and therefore we be very surprised if Newcastle are really interested in this striker.
If Newcastle are interested in him then that would signal a change in policy but the Newcastle owner who likes to sign younger players whose price will increase while they are on Tyneside, and therefore if they are sold in the future Newcastle will make a decent profit on them.
Such has happened with former players such as Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy as two recent examples.
Gignac is a good striker and has been in really good form this season for Marseilles with 11 goals in his 13 appearances, and Marseilles are still top of the French League on 31 points, one point ahead of PSG after 14 games played.
Marseilles could even decide to keep their striker for the season, because maybe the thinking is any money they will lose on Gignac be not selling him in January can be more than made up if they can win the French League and qualify immediately for the group rounds of the Champions League.
That seems to be a decision Marseilles will have to make before January – but we would be very surprised if Gignac signs for Newcastle in January.
In the five seasons Gignac has been at Marseilles since signing from Toulouse, he has played 161 games with 65 goals.
And as a rider to this story there was news last week that Marseilles President Vincent Labrune and Philippe Perez the General Manager had both been arrested as part of an investigation into Andre-Pierre Gignac’s transfer to the Ligue 1 club from Toulouse almost five years ago – and as they say – he is now assisting the investigation.
A statement on the Marseilles club website had this to say:
“Vincent Labrune and Philippe Perez, President and General Manager of Olympique Marseille, met this morning to answer questions from investigators. The hearings today are part of an investigation which started almost two years ago, relating in particular to the conditions around former player transfers.¨
“Since the initiation of this investigation, the club and its leaders have continued to collaborate with justice and to contribute to the manifestation of the truth.¨
“The primary shareholder of the club, Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, today reiterated her determination that Olympique de Marseille will be managed in accordance with professional and ethical standards and expressed full confidence in the current management as well as the French judicial system.”
This is not expected to interfere with any transfer of the striker in January, with Arsenal the other major club interested in signing Gignac.
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