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Exclusive | Mohamed Bouhafsi on Marseille: “Things will move for Florian Thauvin.”

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.



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