Marseille’s revolution has left several of the club’s former players looking to return to be part of the ‘Champions Project’. Dimitri Payet forced his way out of West Ham during the January transfer window, and it looks likely Steve Mandanda will follow him from Crystal Palace.
L’Equipe say two other Premier League based players are tempted by a move to Marseille, West Ham’s Andre Ayew, and Giannelli Imbula of Stoke City.
Ayew’s father made his son’s position clear in an interview with Le Parisien last week, talking up a return to Marseille for the West Ham player.
Stoke’s Gianelli Imbula would also be keen on signing for Marseille, his former club, and Mark Hughes would allow such a transfer as long as a reasonable transfer fee is offered.
However, both players may have their hopes dashed for this summer at least.
L’Equipe say that Marseille are worried about recruiting any more former players after Mandanda, believing bringing former stars like Andre Ayew and Gianelli Imbula back could show a lack of imagination in the club’s recruitment.