Marseille face a stick or twist dilemma involving Nicolas N'Koulou this summer.
Among what seems like an endless list of players that could leave Olympique de Marseille this summer, reported Everton target – per the Daily Mail - Nicolas N'Koulou will be one of the most important.
Unlike André Ayew and André-Pierre Gignac, N'Koulou's contract doesn't finish at the end of June, but runs until 2016. However, the central defender has two options. Extend his current deal, or leave the Stade Velodrome.
"I still have one year on my contract." He told TV station Canal+ "I'm ready to start afresh with OM or with another team. Either I prolong or I am leaving."
The 25-year-old has enjoyed an excellent season under Marcelo Bielsa and it would be a huge gap for Marseille to fill.
With OM's failure to qualify for the Champions League, if they were to sell N'Koulou, they would struggle to replace him with anyone near the same quality. It may be worth the club taking the hit and stumping up for a new extension, rather than spending the money trying to bring someone new in.
On the other side of the coin, Marseille could accept bids over €5 million and then also remove N’Koulou’s wages from their budget, giving them space to manoeuvre this summer.