Ligue 1 giants Olympique de Marseille have had a tough time the last couple of seasons as the former Champions League winners have run into financial trouble, having to sell or let go many of their best players including Andre-Pierre Gignac, Dimitri Payet, and Steve Mandanda. Last year, Marseille finished 13th, only nine points above the relegation zone. Now, with American billionaire Frank McCourt taking over the club, Marseille are preparing to spend big this summer.
According to French newspaper L’Equipe via Tribal Football, Marseille are looking to sign Arsenal defender and captain Laurent Koscielny and striker Olivier Giroud. Marseille has already shown a willingness to spend in the January transfer window, resigning Payet from West Ham for £25 million and signing former Manchester United and Juventus defender Patrice Evra on a free transfer.
The much-maligned Giroud has seen reduced playing time this season as manager Arsene Wenger prefers to play Alexis Sanchez at striker. The Frenchman has only started seven Premier League matches this season with 14 appearances off the bench. In that time, he has scored nine goals and recorded three assists. In five seasons at the club, Giroud has scored 94 goals in 214 games.
As for Koscielny, the defender has established himself as one of the top center-backs in England since signing from Lorient in 2010. Koscielny has played in 277 games for the club over the last seven seasons and he has been Arsenal’s captain for most of the season with Per Mertesacker receiving almost no playing time.
Reports also say that McCourt is preparing an £85 million spending spree with Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye, Tottenham flop Moussa Sissoko, Roma striker Edin Dzeko, and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic mentioned as other targets.