With no sign of an agreement with Alexis Sánchez over a contract extension as things stand, Marseille have been looking beyond the Chilean for options to lead the line next season – and have identified a former Ligue 1 striker in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a potential option.
According to L’Équipe tonight – and as initially revealed by Spanish outlet Relevo – initial contact has been made over a prospective move for the Gabon international, formerly of Saint-Étienne and now at Chelsea.
Although he remains under contract at the Premier League club for another season, in appears unlikely that he will get significant playing time this coming campaign. Saudi Arabia has also emerged as a potential destination – the Gulf state would be able to match or even increase his Chelsea salary, complicating things for OM.
Marseille’s new Spanish manager Marcelino sees the former Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, and Barcelona man as an ideal fit for the 4-4-2 formation he wants to implement. Despite Aubameyang’s middling season last year – just three goals scored – his arrival would be a statement signing for the new-look Phocéens, 10 years after he first left Ligue 1.