Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud has made it clear that Florian Thauvin and Jordan Amavi can leave this month amid interest from Leicester City and Crystal Palace, as reported by RMC Sport.
L’OM might have confounded the critics by finishing second in Ligue 1 last season but, as we all know by now, a crisis is never far away at the Stade Velodrome.
One of the biggest and most historic clubs in French football looked like genuine title contenders just a month ago. But a horror run of one win in six games – including Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to rock-bottom Nimes – has an unhappy fanbase, and an even angrier president, demanding answers.
“(Eyraud) was furious. He said that we were unworthy to wear the jersey and that we did not respect the supporters,” an unnamed player told RMC after a result that saw Marseille drop out of the Champions League places.
“He told us that our performance (against Nimes) was pathetic, that we were spoiled and we had no desire.”
Uncertainty surrounding the futures of many key individuals continues to hang like a dark cloud over the Velodrome too.
Talismanic winger Thauvin and attack-minded left-back Amavi are out of contract at the end of the season, with talks seemingly at an impasse.
According to RMC, Thauvin has told Marseille’s out-of-contract players to confirm their commitment to manager Andre Villas-Boas or find a new club before the February 1 deadline.
Talk about an ultimatum.
According to Calciomercato, Brendan Rodgers has asked top-of-the-table Leicester to sign Thauvin; an £18 million-rated World Cup winner. Perhaps the left-footed right winger had been identified as a potential replacement for Cengiz Under, should the Roma loanee fail to earn a permanent contract at the King Power.
The Mail, meanwhile, reports that Amavi has been identified by Crystal Palace as a Patrick Van Aanholt successor at left-back.