L'OM looking to trim squad
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marseille have had a hectic time in the transfer market during the winter transfer window, and have brought five players in on loan due to their struggling financial position.
Although the temporary moves have saved some cash from the Stade Velodrome coffers, the total wage bill for the huge squad of 40 players will drain the club's finances through wage expenditure.
However, l'OM sports director Bernard Tapie has insisted that the hefty wage bill will be cut and that they are looking to offload several members of the current squad.
"Philippe Brunel will leave soon, as will one of the two forwards, Fernandao or Nouma," said Tapie.
"Then, we will have to make a decision on Ibrahim Ba, Zoumana Camara and Jerome Leroy.
"For Camara and Leroy, if we don't receive any good offers, they will remain in l'OM because they are great players.
"For Ba, we decided to take stock with AC Milan during winter. But with a lot of injuries, we couldn't see the true face of the player, so we will wait a little more.
"Anyway, those three cases will be settled before the end of the transfer window."
Ba has reportedly attracted some interest from England, while Brunel will probably remain in Le Championnat.
Meanwhile, the saga surrounding the Cyril Chapuis transfer is still ongoing, and he could still move to the Stade Velodrome if l'OM fight off competition from Lille.
The original deal dramatically fell through at the last minute when l'OM refused to offer a financial guarantee along with the é¼5.4 million transfer fee, but Robert Louis Dreyfus could now back down and accept the terms of the deal.
However, Lille have now entered into negotiations with the 22-year-old and could steal him from under the nose of l'OM if they do not come to an agreement with Rennes.