Oliver Ntcham’s ill-fated loan spell at Marseille is looking unlikely to be extended in the summer, with the French club already eyeing up a replacement for the Celtic man.
That’s according to Fotomaç, who say Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes, who is currently on loan from Benfica, is the man chosen to replace him.
Ntcham has been on loan with the Ligue 1 side since January when he was brought to the club to provide an extra option for then-manager Andre Villas-Boas.
The move did not go down well, though, with the Portuguese boss openly admitting he didn’t want the deal.
That sparked a massive break between him and the board, which ultimately ended in his departure and Jorge Sampaoli’s arrival as his replacement.
Ntcham’s fortunes have not improved since then, with him making just one appearance under his new manager so far.
Reports in France have indicated he will be going back to Celtic in the summer, and Fotomaç back that up somewhat with their report today.
They state that Marseille are ‘unhappy’ with Ntcham and have already eyed up his replacement in the shape of Gedson Fernandes.
He’s currently on loan at Galatasaray from Benfica but is not really wanted by either side, and so Marseille have held the ‘first meetings’ about a move.
According to the report, ‘both sides lean towards this transfer’, suggesting it won’t be hard to get done, and Fernandes is likely to end up in France, where he will push Ntcham out the door and back to Celtic.