The £78m Marseille takeover with implications for Tottenham, Newcastle

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Marseille are the subject of a big money takeover.

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Ligue 1 side Marseille are the subject of a big money takeover, report France Football.

Iranian investors are considering a 100 million Euros deal (£78m) for the famous club, with a further 500 million Euros (£390m) to be put into the squad, staff and facilities.

This deal could see Marseille finally able to compete with French champions Paris Saint-Germain financially, leading to an on pitch challenge too, with the capital city side dominant in Ligue 1 at present.

France Football report secret discussions have been ongoing for weeks with investors behind airline Iran Air, and negotiations are ongoing. It is reported there would be a total re-organisation of the club, with president Vincent Labrune replaced.

The takeover would have implications beyond France, potentially affecting Premier League teams too.

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The Times reported this week that Tottenham Hotspur are confident of doing a deal for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, who netted 24 goals in all competitions this past season.

A takeover would give Marseille less reason to sell, and could inspire the Belgian international to want to stay to be part of their exciting new project.

Newcastle United could also suddenly find Marseille to be more willing to front up the cash to sign duo Florian Thauvin and Remy Cabella, whose futures remains unclear after going on loan to the French side last season.

This could give the Toon more funds in turn to go after their own transfer targets, to help their promotion push next season after a disappointing relegation campaign.

In recent years Marseille has become a club which has been regularly raided by Premier League teams, with Dimitri Payet leaving for West Ham last summer, and Andre Ayew to Swansea - plus of course Thauvin to Newcastle who was loaned back.

Sudden financial power would make this a lot more difficult and make deals harder to pull off, specifically the Batshuayi one. Tottenham's pursuit is delayed by Euro 2016, but it would be in their interests to try and move it forward during the tournament before it is too late. 

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