Rojo pursuit reveals Marseille’s main priority


Like a broken record, Marseille continue to find themselves linked with a summer swoop for either Mario Balotelli or Olivier Giroud. However, according to various sources in France, the chances of pulling off a deal for the former Manchester City and AC Milan striker have significantly reduced in recent weeks, with agent Mino Raiola said to be demanding excessive commission fees. As for the newly-crowned FIFA World Cup winner, Les Olympiens face tough competition from Atlético Madrid to secure his signature before the transfer window closes. Continue reading

Giroud and Marseille are a match made in heaven


It looks increasingly likely that Marseille’s attempts to sign Mario Balotelli are set to end in failure, with agent Mino Raiola continuing to demand commission rates that are beyond the club’s financial means. Meanwhile, according to the latest reports from an array of sources including Eurosport and Foot Mercato, OM sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has switched his attention towards luring Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud to the Orange Vélodrome. But how exactly would the 31-year-old fit into Rudi Garcia’s plans this season? Continue reading

Marseille cannot afford to become obsessed by Balotelli pursuit


As Marseille fans continue to be frustrated by their club’s lack of transfer activity, Les Olympiens’ long-running pursuit of Mario Balotelli is in danger of undermining the good work done by Andoni Zubizarreta and Rudi Garcia over the past 18 months. Despite the fact they have been in negotiations with Nice and the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, for several weeks, there is still no end in sight to this summer’s most protracted deal. Continue reading

Ćaleta-Car capture represents solid business by Marseille


After weeks of mounting speculation, Marseille finally announced their first signing of this summer’s transfer window yesterday afternoon. News broke on Thursday that Les Olympiens had pipped La Liga side Sevilla with a €20 million bid for Red Bull Salzburg defender Duje Ćaleta-Car, who was part of Croatia’s record-breaking World Cup squad in Russia. Continue reading