Marseille’s attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet has not agreed to join any club at present, nor has any deal been formally agreed at the time of writing.
Everton and West Ham are believed to be in touch with Marseille, with the latter side supposedly having already made an offer for the player, according to English press reports.
Payet, who was Ligue 1’s top assist maker in the 2014/15 campaign, has decided to wait on an announcement concerning manager Marcelo Bielsa’s future. A lot of things are playing on Payet’s mind at the moment, with the loss for Gignac and Ayew this summer questioning the competitive edge that Marseille will have next season. He wants to talk to Bielsa, when he has been confirmed as the club’s manager next season, for reassurances.
It is also believed that his future might be impacted by the potential departure or non-departure of Florian Thauvin, with whom he has a difficult relationship with.
Marseille at the moment are prioritising a sale of either Giannelli Imbula or Florian Thauvin, but might decide to ask Payet to leave if they cannot be sure that they will sell either of the two aforementioned individuals before the current month is up. Marseille must sell a player in order to abide to the agreement they made with French football financial watchdog the DNCG, which is set to allow them to balance the books.
Marseille President Vincent Labrune had been banking on the sale of Imbula, but Valencia are believed to have pulled out of a deal because of the signing of Rodrigo Caio, a move made by Jorge Mendes and Valencia owner Peter Lim which has infuriated the Valencia board, who wanted Imbula instead.
Inter Milan are well positioned for the player and talks are ongoing, but it is believed that Marseille are asking for a little more than the €19m initially offered, wanting closer to €25m. Giannelli Imbula’s father told Téléfoot on Sunday that his son could accept a move to the Serie A side. According to Sky Italia today, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have entered into the race to sign the central midfielder. Giannelli Imbula’s father has announced on RMC that it is a three horse race for his son between Inter Milan, Valencia and an English side, although we believe that VCF have now pulled out. He also confirmed that there was a 90% chance that the player will leave Marseille this window. According to Sky Italia, Imbula has already agreed a provisional contract with Inter Milan.
Vincent Labrune is hoping to still entice Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy into buying one of Giannelli Imbula or Florian Thauvin, having proposed both players to the North London club recently.
As for Thauvin, Newcastle United are expected to make a fresh bid to sign the player, after their initial hypothetical approach was turned down by the player a month ago.
If neither of these two players’ situations starts to change, Marseille might look to sell Payet. More undoubtedly to follow on these developing stories.