Andre-Pierre Gignac has been the name on the lips of both Marseille and Ligue 1 fans this season. The French striker has scored 10 goals in 11 games and is one of the hottest forwards in Europe this season. English clubs like Tottenham Hotspur have become interested of late as the 28-year-old is out of contract this summer.
Before this weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Lyon, it looks like there were three options for the Marseille striker. Sell him in January, let him leave on a free transfer, or try and get him to sign a new deal.
With Marseille unlikely to want Gignac to leave on a free transfer, OM could have accepted bids for their No. 9 this January. It wouldn’t be the price they would have hoped for, but it would be better than losing him for nothing.
As Marseille are currently top of the league, letting go of their best option for goals would be a disaster for Marcelo Bielsa and the club. Letting Gignac go would all but hand Paris Saint-Germain the title.
News from L’Equipe this weekend suggested that there was a chance that Gignac could sign a new one-year extension. This would not be so he could play another year at the Stade Velodrome, but to guarantee that Marseille could sell him to the highest bidder.
Sunday’s defeat leaves Marseille with one problem. The 1-0 loss to Lyon threw up a few questions about how genuine their title credentials and could throw a spanner in the works.
Marseille were dealt a blow with yellow cards to both Jeremy Morel and André Ayew against Lyon. That means they will miss Le Classique against PSG in two weeks. OM are only four points ahead of last year’s champions and defeat at the Parc des Princes could give Laurent Blanc’s side the chance to overtake them.
With injuries and suspensions making Bielsa change up his lineup, this will be a huge test for his squad. If Marseille slip from their pedestal, it may give Gignac second thoughts about signing that new deal. He would love to win a championship with OM, and this may be his last chance.