The Pape Gueye file will finally know its outcome. Announced at Watford at the end of April then close to signing in Angers in recent weeks, the young defensive midfielder from Le Havre (L2), at the end of his contract this Tuesday in his training club, is leaving for Marseille. The Marseille club and the player have agreed on the basis of a four-year contract. If there are still some final details to settle and a medical examination to pass this Tuesday evening, Gueye should be presented quickly by his new leaders.
It is a nice sporting coup that OM has just achieved on the young players market. The Marseille club started late in the race for the signing of the former French under-19 international. And we had to be convincing to stay ahead of intense French and foreign competition. In France alone, Rennes, Nantes, Metz and Angers had gone beyond the simple step of gathering information. On pole for a time, the SCO had even been very close to tie up the case. Ambitious this summer in its recruitment, the Angevin club, which did not hesitate to spend 7 million euros to recruit Paul Bernardoni, wanted to offer playing time and visibility to Gueye, perceived as an ideal alternative to Baptiste Santamaria.
Guaranteed to have play time
To regain control, OM arrived with an attractive project: to quickly become the holder in a club qualified for the group stage of the 2020-2021 Champions League. With this strong message, the management of the Marseille club wanted to ensure the arrival of Gueye, which she sees as a great market opportunity and a real prospect (these young quality players whose future sale would generate significant capital gains).
Watford’s position remains to be seen. The English club had been the first to convince Pape Gueye and a pre-contract had even been signed on January 15. A few weeks later, the player and his entourage, who considered themselves financially wronged, had ended their collaboration with the former representative of Gueye, at the origin of the deal. On April 29, the Hornets formalized the agreement, unveiling a five-year contract, but the new advisor to the vice-captain of Le Havre temporized in the wake. He then evoked “Possible irregularities” in the recruitment process. Three weeks later, The team revealed the holding of an illegal medical examination, spent a year before the end of the lease between Le Havre and the Norman player.
Considering himself in his right and wishing to remain in France, Gueye communicated the “End of any contractual relationship with Watford”, in mid-June. But that doesn’t mean the leaders of the Premier League club will stop there. One thing is certain, OM lawyers have thoroughly investigated the case and given the green light to this recruitment. As André Villas-Boas, President Jacques-Henri Eyraud and Frank McCourt, the owner, have done in turn, who have a great recruit.