Speaking in an exclusive interview with Get French Football News, Head of Football at RMC Sport Mohamed Bouhafsi discussed Marseille’s upcoming summer window.
On Marseille’s FFP troubles:
I think it was something that was not unexpected, Marseille have had a structural deficit that has been considerable for several years and it is sure that this will make it a lot harder to work calmly with their FFP restrictions. I also think there is going to be a change in strategy, looking to buy younger, cheaper and hungry players to then sell them on with more maturity. I know that the price of Caleta-Car was seen as excessive when he was bought, but if you look at the teams interested in him now, it makes sense. I think we are looking at deals of around €8m to €10m and then selling these young players on a lot more expensively. Next, Andoni Zubizaretta is going to have to be listened to much more closely, a man who now has the keys to things so to speak and let him work. I think that will be interesting to following in the coming days.
On Florian Thauvin:
Jean-Pierre Bernès is an agent who works very well and has a big network of contacts. I think the window isn’t yet open for every player. This market is stable and calm for the moment, there haven’t been many big big moves yet. We will have a game of musical chairs in the coming weeks. When one attacking midfielder moves from one club to another, it will have a domino effect. Eden Hazard has gone to Real, but Chelsea can’t buy. I think things will evolve for Thauvin.
Today, he is the most important and best player at Marseille, with incredible statistics over the last 2-3 seasons. He is on the shortlists of many big clubs, in Italy, Spain and England. When the market moves, I think it will move for Thauvin, an excellent player who is now of course a French international. We can’t forget that when the English clubs return from holiday, beginning of next week, I think things will go on fire. Usually it is the English clubs that dictate the pace of the market. André Villas-Boas wants to keep Thauvin, but he has an interesting value on the market, we will see, he is very attached to Marseille.