As you’ll be well aware by now, Pape Gueye is a Marseille player and will not be featuring for Watford next season.
The young midfielder kicked up a fuss after the Hornets announced he would be joining them on a free from Le Havre, and after numerous complaints from his lawyer, it was decided he would ignore his deal at Vicarage Road to stay in France and play in Ligue 1 next year.
This, of course, hasn’t gone down well with Watford, who aren’t prepared to let this slight slide.
They warned interested clubs that any action would be met with ‘a lawsuit’, but that didn’t put off Marseille, whose lawyers felt there were enough discrepancies in his contract with the Premier League club for him to still be considered a free agent.
La Provence have a bit more information on the matter on Friday, explaining that there are some at Marseille who believe this deal will be a pure free transfer, while others think there might be a need for a ‘very weak fee’ because of the player’s potential.
However, the local newspaper do expect this ‘to be brought up to FIFA’, who have a whole list of sanctions at the ready for these types of deals, but the belief is that, ‘in the end, an agreement could be found for a small transfer fee’.
Gueye knew all this when he signed for Marseille, who, down their end, are said to be ‘very calm’ when it comes to this whole affair.