Jorge Sampaoli has warned Marseille to keep Florian Thauvin at all costs as Leicester and Crystal Palace sniff around the out-of-contract winger, as reported by BuzzSport.
Now, this firebrand Argentine has been compared almost incessantly to the man he replaced at the helm of the Chilean national team a decade ago.
And, given that Marseille know exactly how stubborn Marcelo Bielsa can be at times, they could do a lot worse than to bow down to Sampaoli’s demands.
According to BuzzSport, the man who took over from Andre Villas-Boas at the Stade Velodrome is desperate to build an improving Marseille side around their most gifted attacker.
Thauvin will be a free-agent in July, though Sampaoli is hopeful that a new deal can be agreed.
The former Sevilla and Argentina boss knows that, in this COVID-afflicted market, cash-strapped Marseille would struggle to replace the 2018 World Cup winner with a player of similar quality.
L’Equipe reported last week that both Leicester City and Crystal Palace have opened talks with Thauvin.
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur side are also keen, according to Estadio Deportivo in March. A left-footed right winger at his best when cutting inside and firing shots at goal, the one-time Newcastle youngster looks every-inch like a readymade replacement for Gareth Bale.
Thauvin wants a £100,000-a-week contract at his next club. A Marseille side short on funds will undoubtedly struggle to meet those demands (Sun).
Sampaoli, then, may be disappointed. And a wounded Sampaoli is a dangerous animal indeed.