Lucas Ocampos looks set to leave Ligue 1 with Premier League duo Burnley and Everton both reportedly interested.
Burnley are interested in signing Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos from Marseille, according to FootMercato.
One of the most historic clubs in European football are in crisis. Failure to qualify for the Champions League is a major problem with the big-spending Ligue 1 giants being crippled by a huge wage bill.
As a result, Marseille will now be forced to spend the remainder of the transfer window trying desperately to find buyers for some of their biggest earners. Andre Villas-Boas’ latest employers have to sell before they can buy.
And this promises to play right into Burnley’s hands.
FootMercato claims that The Clarets are eyeing an ambitious deal to bring the former AC Milan and Monaco to Turf Moor. Burnley have already made a £10 million bid, though Get France Football News claims that Marseille want more than that if they are to cash in on one of their star players.
Ocampos is a skilful and creative wide player who could make a massive difference in a largely workmanlike Burnley side. Should Dwight McNeil continue to develop at such a rapid pace, Sean Dyche could soon have two wingers capable of playing comfortably for a top half Premier League outfit.
Everton are also keen, according to Calciomercato. And while Goodison Park might be a more tempting destination on paper, Ocampos would hardly be a guaranteed starter with Theo Walcott, Ademola Lookman, Richarlison and Bernard already on The Toffees’ hands.
Burnley looks like the perfect move for everyone involved.