The sale of Olympique de Marseille to Saudi Arabia had not been brought up for a long time. This is now the case with a very well-informed informant in the person of Rolland Courbis who clearly sees a very big blow being prepared.
In France as in Europe, it is more than ever a question of selling and buying clubs. Even the giants go there, proof that capital movements and copious investments are still bringing football into a new economic and geo-political dimension. In recent months, OL, AC Milan and Newcastle, for example, have changed hands. At the moment, landmarks like Liverpool and Manchester United are open for sale. Officially, Olympique de Marseille is not, as Frank McCourt repeats on every occasion that the idea is not to sell a club in which he believes a lot, and where he has invested heavily. Speeches which often followed rumors of sale, with always the speculation of funds from Saudi Arabia to take over OM and make them a possible rival of PSG.
Saudi Arabia is dying to invest!
Currently, with the support of Qatar, Paris is completely alone in France, even if the title is not yet played halfway through this season in Ligue 1. But this could change with the desire of Saudi Arabia to take a closer look at the investments to be made in football. And at a time when QSI is thinking about betting on Liverpool, Tottenham or Manchester United, its neighbor and rival – even if relations have calmed down – dreams of competing with Qatar in France. This is the very clear opinion of Rolland Courbis, convinced that the Kingdom really wants to recover OM to make it a juggernaut of French football in turn.
“I can tell you, Saudi Arabia has the same ambitions as Qatar. That of wanting to organize the World Cup, at home, in 2030. They are very clearly preparing for this and everything that we have seen in recent months contributes to this. It can be seen as big as a house that there is a desire to exist as quickly as possible, as their Qatari neighbor did. I will therefore not be surprised, after all the rumors that we have heard around a possible takeover of OM lately, that Saudi Arabia arrives in France and competes directly, frontally, with Qatar. “Warned the former OM coach in the columns of 10 Sport. A muscular exit full of certainty and which could redraw the landscape of French football.
Zidane, the ideal candidate for OM
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Especially since, with a possible takeover of the Provençal club, Saudi Arabia would benefit from financial means and the enthusiasm to think very big. With the possibility of bringing Zinedine Zidane on the bench of the Vélodrome in the background. “ Not only do I think that the Saudis can buy OM quickly, but also, if we start looking for who could be the ideal coach to lead their project… If we wonder who would be the best person to lead OM , someone who knows the city, who knows this club. A competent person, originally from Marseille? So it’s true, you can think of me. But I promise you, it won’t be me (laughs). But I am thinking of another Marseillais, from the 15th arrondissement, like me. And his name is Zinedine Zidane “, delivered Rolland Courbis, in an outing that will certainly warm the hearts of all OM fans, who have begged Zizou in recent months not to join the PSG project. From there to sitting on the bench of the Marseille club, there is still room, knowing that the 1998 world champion now wants to start quickly on a project. But above all, that he has already explained in the past that the Marseille environment was so special for him, that he no longer saw himself really bathing in it anymore. With an ambitious project and a radical change of direction, OM would however have strong arguments to pay for a coach of the caliber of Zinedine Zidane.
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