Marseille’s assistant manager, Franck Passi, has confirmed that the Ligue 1 side have prioritised the signing of a winger this summer and admitted that Gervinho fits the profile.
However, before you reach for the party poppers, while certain publications on this side of the Channel have hyped up the prospect of the Ivorian moving to the Stade Velodrome it’s worth casting an eye over the context of the original quotes in French newspaper Le 10 Sport.
The headline on the online version of the article reads:
“EXCLUSIVE: Marseille: We want Alessandrini, Cabella, Thauvin, Payet”
You’ll notice straightaway there’s no mention of Gervinho.
In the article itself, Passi talks openly about Marseille’s aims to become more efficient in front of goal and the need for wingers to facilitate that by upping the tempo of games.
He then lists specific players of merit: “[Romain] Alessandri, [Remy] Cabella, [Florian] Tauvin, [Dmitri] Payet…these are the players out there that interest us. Quality players who bring more.
“Diego Capel is another, a remarkable player who I saw when he was 16 at Seville.”
So that’s five players he’s mentioned unprompted, although quite what Rennes, Montpellier and Lille think about Marseille sniffing around their players is a different matter.
Passi then talks about Gervinho, but judging by the way he speaks he’s been posed a question about the Arsenal man. We’re guessing probably something along the lines of: “What about Gervinho?”
“His is a profile that interests us, yes,” says Passi.
“We’re looking at players who function in the channels with impact, dribblers, passers, scorers. Gervinho fits that profile.”
Le 10 Sport then use the above quote to justify a story they’d written last week linking Gervinho to Marseille. The classic, “as we revealed last week” schtick…
Anyway, we’re not saying Gervinho isn’t of interest to Marseille, we’re just saying that he’s on a list, seemingly further down it than others, and that suggestions this is in any way a done deal are from true. It’s the usual pinch of salt warning of which we’re so fond at Arseblog News.
Cheers to @Paul_Morrissey for his hand with the translation.