According to L’Équipe Tunisian businessman Hicham Bouajila contacted Olympique de Marseille’s lawyers earlier this spring to discuss a project with a partner from the United Arab Emirates, Dr Abdulla Alraisi. However, these attempts were quickly swept aside by current owner Frank Mccourt’s side – with the Tunisian businessman struggling to exchange with the American Marseille ownership.
Bouajila is a well known in the Val-de-Marne region, as he accompanied current Qatari PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi when he first arrived in France. His partner, Alraisi, would be a major gateway to investors in the Emirates with an Al-Khelaïfi-style profile who combines top-level sports such as athletic and handball, with state diplomacy. He is rumoured to have an extensive network that could open up potential investment into OM.
However, Marsielle’s lawyers have advised Bouajila and to approach two ‘backbone’ members of the McCourt family business: Barry Cohen and Jeff Ingram.
However, despite these attempts to get into exchanges with the OM owner, the McCourt entourage have dismissed any desire to sell with one member telling L’Équipe that “Frank is here for a long time.” and an OM executive saying “Those who are spreading these rumours are only trying to destabilise the club”.