Andre-Pierre Gignac has yet to agree a deal with a new club.
The last night in Ligue 1 was always going to be a tearful evening. The only real issue still to be decided was who would win the last Champions League place, so it became an evening of goodbyes up and down the league – one of the biggest was André-Pierre Gignac at Olympique de Marseille.
Saturday’s game against Bastia was his 155th game for Marseille; the big centre-forward helped his side to a 2-0 lead before coming off to a standing ovation. It was a nice moment on the 67th minute as Michy Batshuayi came on in some sort of passing of the torch ceremony.
Marseille’s 3-0 win wasn’t enough to see Marcelo Bielsa’s side finish third, Monaco beat Lorient 1-0 in Brittany to seal the spot on the podium.
After the game, Gignac confirmed to the media that he had played his last game for Marseille, but that he hadn’t agreed any deal with a new club at this stage.
Gignac tells Canal+ that he hasn't agreed a deal with anyone for next season yet. His last game at the Velodrome tonight. #OM— Andrew Smith (@andrewplsmith) May 23, 2015
The 29-year-old forward, who has scored 21 goals this season, has been linked with moves to Spurs, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Dinamo Moscow by newspapers like Metro. The Russians would offer a great financial deal and a chance to join for OM teammate Mathieu Valbuena in the capital, but it might not be the best option for Gignac.
As he turns 30 in December, Gignac will be looking for a new challenge, but may be happy not playing every game. After Harry Kane, Emmanuel Adebayor was Spurs' top scoring forward with two goals. Kane is set to continue as the superstar, but Gignac would be able to play a superb supporting role to the young England striker.
Gignac has similar skills to that of Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud. You could even make an argument that he is a better finisher around the penalty area. He has the strength and skill to make his own space; he is great with his head and is superb at holding the ball up.
There is no sell-on value for Spurs in signing Gignac on a free transfer, but they would be adding a striker with bags of experience and knowhow. Sometimes you can’t put a price on that. Adding a forward that would bring another 10-12 goals to the team, would be an ideal move for everyone this summer.