Marseille may have won the league in 2009/2010 but this season they are languishing in 10th at the moment but so will their having won the Couple de la Ligue they have earned entry into the Europa League but will that be enough to keep their best players? So who are the possible players making their way to England and who would need them? Let’s have a look
Remy was rumoured to have been on his way to Tottenham last season but in the end joined Marseille, a move he may now regret, but with Tottenham still in need of strikers as Adebayor doesn’t look like he will be moving to North London on a permanent basis, Remy could well be that striker they so desperately need. Marseille may feel that they would be able to hold out for a big fee as he only signed for them in the summer but if Remy forces their hand Tottenham could land the striker for £10-£15 million. Remy has scored nine goals this season in 21 appearances and with pace would cause any club problems coupled with the fact that Tottenham are more than accustom to hitting teams on the break Remy would suit Spurs nicely.
Valbuena has had a great season with scoring and assisting and also started for Marseille in their poor Champions League run and undoubtedly will have a host of clubs after him in France and England if Marseille are going to listen to any offers for him. He is their best player and will most likely cost the most to prise away but any club that does will be getting themselves a little dynamo. So would benefit from a player like him? Liverpool could use his as a replacement for the under performing Downing while Arsenal could do with some more attacking gusto. If Arsenal do sell Arshavin and Wenger doesn’t feel that Ryo is ready for the step up then Valbuena could be making a move to London. Another shout for his services is Newcastle. With Ben Arfa on the right they are looking for someone to match that on the left and even if they don’t reach the Champions League they could still offer European Football in the form of the Europa League which could lure Valbuena to St James’ Park along with Ben Arfa and Cabaye. At 27 if he wanted to play outside of France now would be a better time than ever and with an exciting team like Newcastle it could work for both parties amazingly
Mbia is an athletic defender that can also play in a holding midfield role and could do a good job for a few Premier League clubs. There were rumours of Arsenal being interested with the player but they seemed to have cooled. The Cameroonian international has made 36 appearances for his country and has over 150 club appearances, 50 plus for Marseille at 25 he doesn’t lack in experience. Newcastle need to add to their defence and with Mbia being able to play in midfield he could be the kind of utility player that they could use to push forward next season.
Fellow Cameroonian N’Koulou has made 25 appearances for his country and at 22 that isnt too bad. N’Koulou may have only joined Marseille in the summer but with mummers in France that he may be looking to leave already. I could see N’Koulou playing in Italy or England and if he does make the move to England Tottenham could be on the radar. Also if Newcastle don’t sign Mbia then a move for N’Koulou could be on the cards.
Andre Ayew is a winger-slash-striker so would benefit any team that plays with a system that incorporates attacking wingers in a similar vein, which is almost everyone now-a-days. but there is one team in particular that I could see using Ayew and that is Chelsea. The young Ghanaian would fit in well with the group that is already at Chelsea and with Roberto Di Matteo getting them to play like their old selves and with Kalou and Malouda playing well it seems fair to presume that Ayew with his pace and an eye for goal could do a good job at Stamford Bridge.