Report: Manchester United linked midfielder wanted by Marseille president


Idrissa Gueye said it would be a dream to play for Manchester United, but Marseille are interested in signing him this summer.

It was only last month that Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye was quoted in saying it was his dream to play for Manchester United one day, but it seems that he may have to settle for a future in Ligue 1.

Reports in France Football today reveal that Marseille are very interested in making a move for the 25-year-old this summer. The Senegalese midfielder has been in exceptional form for the northern club this season, perhaps one of a few LOSC players to finish the season with a successful season.

Financial problems will see Lille lose a few players against this summer and Gueye is set to be one of the first out the door. However, any move to Marseille will depend on the future of Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa. If El Loco is in charge next season, the move would depend on whether or not Gueye meets the coach’s specifications, something that upset him last summer when Brazilian Doria was signed without his permission.

Gueye is reported to be a target for President Vincent Labrune, so it would be more likely a summer transfer if the Argentine coach was to move on. Although he is only 25, Gueye is one of the most experienced players in the Lille team, with 129 games in France’s top division over five seasons.

This campaign he has shown more desire to get into the box, scoring three goals in the process, but it’s his high-energy and defensive ability that is his best asset. This week, apparently Lille president Michel Seydoux quipped that it would a bid of €15 million for anyone to sign Gueye.

It is unlikely that the midfielder will be part of the Lille squad next season, it won’t take a bid of that amount, but for a player that cost the club nothing it is another success story for Lille’s ability to develop young talent.

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