The Marseille interest in Olivier Ntcham may not be as great as the Celtic midfielder wants it to be for now.
A Marseille news website has been discussing the French sides targets this season. Journalist Nicolas Filhol stated in a FootballclubdeMarseille debate that Ntcham isn’t a priority target. Instead, the French club are apparently more interested in securing Valentin Rongier of Nantes.
It comes just days after Ntcham effectively issued a come-and-get-me plea to the French side. Speaking to L’Equipe, Ntcham said he would “blossom” at Marseille. It was an incredibly unprofessional rant from the Celtic man, and his future is up for debate.
But Filhol claims via CoeurMarseillais that Marseille aren’t as keen as Ntcham to get a deal done. If he’s to sign for the Ligue 1 side, they’re apparently going to have to sell first.
“As long as there are no departures in midfield he won’t come, €14.5m or no €14.5m. For now Ntcham is a target, even if he’s not the priority. Instead that’s [Valentin] Rongier [of Nantes].
“I think that’s a possibility, but for that to happen [Kevin] Strootman needs to return to Italy and [Morgan] Sanson has to find a Premier League club.”
Marseille interest hampered by FFP rules
L’Equipe reported last month that Marseille have serious FFP payments to send UEFA. A “settlement agreement” was apparently signed, and now the club must get rid of several stars to accumulate the sum UEFA want.
What that means is that, as much as Ntcham’s moaning about wanting a move there, Marseille’s hands could be tied.
Neil Lennon has already stated that Ntcham has a future at Parkhead (Celtic TV). The Celtic boss pointed to the fact he’s still under a long-term contract, but that he will be having words with the Frenchman when he returns from his break.
Judging by reports, a move hardly feels imminent. Ntcham might be disgruntled, but there aren’t exactly a plethora of offers on the table for him. Porto haven’t seemed to come back in, whilst, outside of Marseille, there appears no other interested alternative for him.
That’s not to say that Marseille won’t rake in the money they need from player sales. They simply have to in order to not be sanctioned further by UEFA. But, at the end of the day, it makes a move for Ntcham extremely unlikely. And the sounds coming out of France make it seem as though, whilst Ntcham may be on a shortlist, Marseille won’t be rushing in with an offer anytime soon.