Marseille plan Mexes bid
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The classy Auxerre defender has admirers across Europe but l'OM are willing to try and convince the France international to remain in Le Championnat.
Roma and Manchester United are just two of the string of clubs who have long been trailing Mexes and Marseille realise they may need to look elsewhere for a defensive stalwart, despite their strong interest in the player.
Nantes' Mario Yepes is one option with the Colombian shining in Ligue 1 and there are targets in other positions.
Sochaux duo Benoit Pedretti and Pierre-Alain Frau are in l'OM's sights, even though the former is rated at around é¼5 million, and Eric Carriere, Sabri Lamouchi and Marcelo Gallardo have all been linked with moves in the French press.
Meanwhile, talks are still ongoing with Laurent Blanc over the position of sports director.
The former Manchester United defender wants certain guarantees before agreeing to the move, although chairman Christophe Bouchet has stressed the delay is not related to financial matters.
"We are in negotiation on the definition of the post," Bouchet told L'Equipe.
"We have not speeded things up, it's only due to planning problems. There is no emergency."