French paper L’Equipe is reporting that Rafa Benitez is on a shortlist of seven managers that could become the nest boss at the French club.
Frank McCourt is the American owner of the club and is expected in Marseille this week.
Marseille are coming off a poor season when they finished in 6th place Ligue 1, and they want to do a lot better next season.
Other top managers linked with the job are reported to be Andre Villas-Boas, Gabriel Heinze, Jose Mourinho, Leonardo Jardim, Claude Puel and Laurent Blanc.
Rafa Benitez – doing what he loves to do every day – coaching his players
The strange claim made by the French newspaper is that Benitez has been “offered” to Marseille through his contacts in France.
The “offer” will be based on it taking so long for Newcastle to nail down Rafa to a new deal.
So there’s always the possibility he will become available this summer, with Glasgow Celtic still holding out hope they can get him.
But there’s no chance of that.
Current Marseille manager Rudi Garcia is acting like everything is normal and he’s planning for next season.
L’Equipe do report that the contract offer – when it does finally arrive from Ashley will in all likelihood mean that Rafa will not be available and a move to the French club seems unlikely.
Rafa cannot stop agents and others from offering him to other clubs while the negotiations take place.
That’s another reason why these negotiations should be completed as soon as possible.