Since January 1, Andre-Pierre Gignac, a target for both Arsenal and Liverpool according to Sky Sports, has been able to speak to clubs around Europe regarding his future next season. The Marseille striker has 12 goals in 20 games in Ligue 1 and with his contract finishing in the summer; he is a man in demand.
News broke from Italy yesterday, initially from Gianluca Di Marzio, that the player’s agent had arrived in Milan this week and had met with representatives of both Inter and Napoli looking to discuss any options the player may have.
Jean-Christopher Cano, Gignac’s agent, was pictured meeting in a Milanese hotel, but it is thought that the two Italian clubs are not the only clubs interested. French newspaper L’Equipe even suggests there is a chance that the 29-year-old striker could extend his contract at Marseille.
Although Gignac’s form has dipped in recent weeks, he has still enjoyed a good enough season that clubs are interested in signing him as a free agent.
After 10 games of the Ligue 1 season, Gignac had scored 10 goals and Marseille were riding high at the top of the league. However, in the last 10 games, he has only found the back of the net twice. It’s no surprise that OM has slipped off their Ligue 1 perch.
When Gignac is confident and full of goals, Marseille play better, the football flows and they are difficult to stop. When he’s not in the mood, Les Phoceens can look deflated and seem to lack the imagination to pull teams apart.
Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa has had a profound influence on Gignac’s season, rejuvenating the forward and he is in the best shape of his career. Gignac may fear that he will lose that spark away from the Argentine, but he has also dreamt of playing in either England or Italy.
Gignac’s style perfect suits life in the Premier League. He still has the power and pace to make a difference and a team like Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur or Newcastle United would be the ideal destination.
Talks will continue and it may not be until the near the end of the campaign that Gignac makes a decision. As a result, it would be no surprise to see his agent spotted in England in the near future.