Marseille made the risky decision to appoint the polarising yet genius figure of Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager this summer, with the Argentine returning to management for the first time since leaving Athletic Bilbao a year earlier. 'El Loco' has once again toyed with the 3-3-1-3 system which gave him so much success with Chile and then Athletic, but the big story of Marseille's season so far surrounds one player in particular.
Strike Andre-Pierre Gignac burst onto the scene in 2008 with Toulouse, scoring 25 goals for the Ligue 1 outfit before sealing a move to Marseille two years later. His time at the Stade Velodrome has been up-and-down to say the least, with form and fitness playing their part in Gignac's inconsistent time at the club.
Now 28, Gignac is coming off his best season for the club to date, scoring 22 goals in 44 games before Bielsa arrived and reportedly told him to lose five kilograms of weight in order to hit 25 goals this season - and so far, the French international is on course to smash that target having racked up nine goals in nine games.
That form has reportedly attracted interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, with both sides needing strikers. His agent, Christopher Hutteau, recently admitted that his client could turn out for either of the two English clubs linked.
"Given the fact that he is not very old, he has a real market value," Hutteau said. "This is a striker with a relatively atypical profile, responsive to the physical challenge, the archetypal player who can succeed in a big club. He can play in England, Arsenal or Liverpool, no problem. For me, it is [his real value] between 12 and 15 million euros."
However, Marseille are in little position to dictate his transfer fee right now. Gignac's contract is set to expire next summer, and reports suggest that unless he drastically reduces his wage demands, then they will be left with no choice but to either sell him for a modest fee in January or lose him for nothing in June - and that will no doubt be music to the ears of Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers.