Marseille “Open the door” to Jonathan Clauss departure as soon as this month

Olympique de Marseille have opened the door to a possible departure of Les Bleus right-back Jonathan Clauss (31) as soon as the last few days of the current January transfer window.

According to Foot Mercato, via journalist Santi Aouna, a flurry of end-of-window activity for Les phocéens could force a January move for the former RC Lens man, desperate to secure his place in Didier Deschamps national team squad for the forthcoming Euro 2024 tournament in Germany this summer.

Despite being initially reluctant to lose him in January, it is believed that the Marseille hierarchy would now be open to a transfer, judging the Frenchman’s performance levels to have dropped in recent months. His first-half withdrawal from Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Monaco with only a minor knock is believed to confirmed this point of view and brought the player’s mentality further into question, especially given that Gennaro Gattuso’s squad were without several key men for the fixture. 

With Pape Gueye angering club president Pablo Longoria by refusing to sign a contract extension, the message from the board is one of a siege mentality going into the second half of the season, a mindset befitting of the manager and what the fans expect from their team. Marseille currently sit in seventh in Ligue 1, having drawn the past three games, and require all hands on deck as we approach the business end of the season. If Clauss’s heart isn’t in it, it might be best for club and player to find a solution in the coming days. 

GFFN | Jack McArdle

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