In February Arsenal and Liverpool were both being heavily linked with a move to bring in French international winger Mathieu Valbuena. The Marseille star reportedly wanted to seek a new challenge before his career ends, and the 29-year-old had seemingly caught the attention of Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers.
Marseille's caretaker coach Jose Anigo spoke about the player in February, admitting Arsenal or Liverpool were in with a chance of getting hold of the player:
"If we received a good offer, we won’t force him to stay. He has given a lot to our club so if he wants to he can leave."
Yesterday then might have been Valbuena's last game for the club. Marseille took on Guingamp yesterday at the Stade Velodrome, a goal from Andre Ayew giving them a 1-0 win.
But after the game Valbuena seemed to be suggesting he is on his way out of the club.
“It’s been eight years that I’ve been here, it is not easy to remain at OM. A departure? I do not know, I have a contract until June 2016, this could be my last game, but nothing is decided, nothing is guaranteed, we will see in the coming days.”
Valbuena would certainly add depth to the respective attacking line-ups of Arsenal and Liverpool, although you could argue The Reds need him more than Arsene Wenger. He is off to the World Cup this summer with France and a good showing there could present him with a chance to put his name on the shopping list of many teams around the world.
And it certainly seems as if he will be on his way out of the club this summer.