Marseille are taking the claims that Mathieu Valbuena is desperate to leave the club very seriously after announcing their second signing in as many days, reports Sky Sports.
Michy Batshuayi has moved to the French based club from Belgium club Standard Liege in a deal that could be worth up to €6million. The 20-year-old is a Belgian international having represented the Under-21 side eleven times and was included in the 30-man provisional team for the World Cup in Brazil before failing to make the final 23-man squad.
His performances for Standard Liege have caught the attention of several European clubs including Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham, Schalke and Porto. Batshuayi scored 21 goals in the Belgian league last year, finishing as the second top goal scorer behind Hambi Harbaoui of Lokeren. He made 97 appearances for Standard Liege in 3 years at the club, having graduated from their academy in 2011.
Former star returns
He joins Romain Alessandrini who moved back to Marseille yesterday after spending five years away from his hometown club. He rejoins from Rennes after spending two years at the team where he played 49 times scoring 16 goals.
The two signings, who are both attacking minded with Batshuayi preferring to play as striker whilst Allessandrini produces his best football on the wings or as an attacking midfielder. With two faces in the team, it means that Marseille may be more willing to listen to offers for Mathieu Valbuena.
Star wants a move
The 29-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club he has represented for the past eight seasons. The Frenchman has admitted that he is looking to move away from the French league, looking for a new challenge.
Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool has expressed a desire to sign the midfielder but face opposition from Valencia, Napoli and Fiorentina, who last week were seen as the forerunners in the race for the influential player. With Fiorentina securing the contract of midfielder Juan Cuadrado, who Valbuena was expected to replace, their interest seems to have waned slightly.
French star performer
Valbuena has been one of the best players at the World Cup in Brazil, being the lynchpin in the French midfield. France’s success so far can be out down to the diminutive playmaker ability, demonstrated during the 0-0 draw with Ecuador when Valbuena was rested.
The team struggled to break down a determined South American side, highlighting the need for Valbuena’s quality in the side. The absence of Sami Nasri has only helped Valbuena perform to a higher level, seemingly enjoying the expectations placed on his shoulders. France meet Nigeria on Monday in the last 16 of the tournament.
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