Ligue 1 side keen to offer Emirates striker route out of North London.
Marseille want to offer Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh a route back into Ligue 1 after a mixed first season in English football.
The French club are already drawing up their transfer plans for the summer and reports in France have revealed that Chamakh is one of Marseille’s top targets.
The Morocco international joined Arsenal from Bordeaux on a free transfer last summer but, after an impressive start for the club, has struggled to hold down a regular place in Arsene Wenger’s team.
Now Marseille, who sit second in Ligue 1, hope to tempt Chamakh back to France with the promise of regular first-team football.
An early-season injury to Robin Van Persie ensured that Chamakh was a regular starter and he scored eight Premier League goals before the start of December.
But since the turn of the year, the 27-year-old has started only once in the Premier League and has not scored a top-flight goal since November.
It would be fair to say that when Moroccan international Marouane Chamakh first arrived at Arsenal he seemed to take to life in the Premier League like a proverbial duck to water. He netted ten goals by mid November and seemed to be adjusting to the pace and physicality of the English top tier with relative ease but it seemed that he had burned himself out and the 27 year old even admitted that he had lost his edge.
The offer of a move back to France may be of interest to Chamakh but Arsene Wenger may still feel that the former Bordeaux man still has a lot to offer but given that the player arrived on a free transfer, any sum offered by Marseille will be considered a bonus.
The Gunners may feel the need to freshen up their attacking options this summer. Robin Van Persie is a nailed on starter but the Dutchman clearly has constant issues with injuries that lead the striker to miss large chunks of almost every season he has been at the club.
Carlos Vela was loaned out to West Brom and that move appears to have helped the Mexican who could return to Arsenal in the summer as a more viable first team option. Nicklas Bendtner on the other hand may feel that the time is right to move on in pursuit of regular first team football.