Cheaper to buy Marseille than Batshuayi


Michy-Batshuayi-612149Marseille Olympique are up reportedly for sale to solve their financial turmoil with one recent report by RMC Sport in France claiming the financially troubled club could be available as little as 40 million Euros.

If true that would be the same valuation as Michy Batshuayi who scored his first goal of the Euros last night for Belgium in his debut.

Any buyer would need to take on the debts of Marseille and be prepared to fully fund it in the future rather than just strip assets by selling the best players.

Last week, French newspaper Le Parisien revealed Marseille must find €25m by 5th July or face sanctions including a transfer ban by the French football authorities.

Le Marsisien say: “Marseille are beset by financial difficulties. According to our information, even after selling Benjamin Mendy to Monaco for just over €10 million, they still have a deficit of €25 million that will need to be sorted by July 5th, as agreed with the financial policeman of french football.”

“Three solutions were raised during the hearing with French regulators : either the owner, Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, injected cash in the coming days to balance the books, which seems very unlikely; or the sale of the club is scheduled before the deadline, which is an even more complicated scenario; Marseille must decide either very quickly whether to sell Michy Batshuayi for a sum of around €40 million with Standard Liege receiving 35% of the transaction amount. If money is not found in the next ten days, Marseille would be open to various sanctions, such as a restriction of its wage bill or a transfer ban”

While from the outside it might seem like a better solution for David Sullivan to buy the club instead of the player, the deal would be complex and full of risk.

Earlier this year when West Ham were linked with buying another club but we were told by an insider that David Sullivan and Gold have their hands full running West Ham and have no desire or capacity to buy and run another club.

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  • salesb says:

    Can we just sign him now? I’m getting very anxious about this striker situation. Would like yo have everything sorted by the time we have our first Europa game

  • Ray Stroud says:

    Well, that was the first time I’d seen him in action yesterday (v Hungary) and I wasn’t impressed. I wouldn’t kick Sakho out for him – think we can do better.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    He is an average player certainly not worth the money we are being quoted, Sean do you know if we have put a bid in for Jannsen from AZ or if he is actually on our radar ? I can’t understand why we would like at these supposedly marquee signings Batshuayi and Lacazette and ignore Jannsen who from taking one look at his showreel and then looking at his stats you can see he will always be a prolific scorer, he is like a cross between Bergkamp and Van Persie with a bit of Van Nistelroy thrown in, seems a no brainer to me as the dutch guy will be worth 70 – 80 million after a couple of good seasons in the PL.

  • LJ says:

    So what your saying is, the Daves should just buy marseille, and then transfer their best players over for free? Sounds like a good deal to me!

  • johnboy says:

    Wasn’t impressed at all last night with the bat. ? Definatly not better than the sac !
    A tap in , a needless booking , and did nothing else ?
    Let’s hope if we do sign him that it was a off day , coming on late doesn’t give a Try’s reflection ??
    Unimpressed on showing .
    Who knows what’s going on anyway , the Dave’s are in freebie mode at the minute , talking millions while trying to get on frees , and loans ???
    Project bull£# it ! Telling us in one breath brexit will destroy transfers from the e.u, but still bidding for them !! How Tory inspired ! Total crap !!!!!!!!

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