The French goalkeeper has been linked with a transfer to England for the last few months, despite the fact that he is first-choice stopper, and captain, for L’OM.
The Daily Mail claimed in December that four clubs in particular have been keeping an eye on his situation, with Liverpool, Newcastle, Norwich and Aston Villa all hoping to sign the 30-year-old.
A veteran of French football, Mandanda has played over 300 games in Ligue 1, as well as being capped 20 times by Les Bleus.
He is well regarded for his ability, and would be a good signing as a first-choice keeper for all the linked teams, with them all currently shipping goals fairly heavily.
However, Marseille have made it clear that there is no chance Mandanda will be leaving the club this month, with president Vincent Labrune quoted in the report as saying: “Steve Mandanda is part of our lifeblood and will not go away this winter. We’re both on the same wavelength. We do not want to sell him and Steve is not looking for a club.”
It is clear that the four linked clubs are all looking to bring in new goalkeepers due to their poor defensive records, but they will all have to look elsewhere now that priority transfer target Mandanda is off the table in the opening days of the transfer window.