For the past couple of weeks, Marseille have been hard at work trying to revamp their entire squad, having released or sold most of last season’s in order to balance the books.
Mostly focusing on loan deals or players who were out of contract, the Ligue 1 side also turned their attention to the Championship, hoping to rescue a few players from Aston Villa who might not want to play in England’s second division next season.
Two of the names on every French media outlet’s lips were Carlos Sanchez and Jordan Veretout, two midfielders who have previously played in France.
Looking likely last week, a deal for the pair now appears to be fading by the day, as La Provence in France report the players aren’t playing ball with their wage demands, suggesting Marseille can’t afford what they’re asking.
Marseille’s desperation for a new experienced striker has ended up with them paying the majority of Bafétimbi Gomis’ wages, meaning their wage bill is probably close to full capacity.
It seems this is going to be a case of how desperate Sanchez and Veretout are at leaving Aston Villa for the forthcoming season.