Marseille pave way for Spaniard’s exit.
Marseilles have opened the door for Cesar Azpilicueta’s move to Chelsea after admitted they need to reduce their wage bill.
The Ligue 1 giants finished a disappointing 10th last season and the club’s lack of European football next term has led to a drastic cost cutting exercise at the Stade Velodrome.
Marseilles have already sold Alou Diarra to West Ham and chairman Vincent Labrune says right-back Azpilicueta could follow the Frenchman out of the door.
“For the next three weeks, as it has been since the start of the transfer window, our objective is very clear – we must sell players,” Labrune is quoted as saying by London 24.
“It is a major shareholders’ instruction. The objectives set by the shareholders about selling are drastic. We are trying to sell to reduce the wage bill.
“Our priority since May has been to get money to make up for the loss due to the 10th position last season and missing out on Champions League qualification.
“Alou Diarra’s transfer? In the current context, and considering the market, everyone is happy – the player, West Ham and us. Initially, we didn’t forecast selling him.”
Labrune conceded that centre-half Stephane Mbia, who is wanted by QPR, and forward Loic Remy, coveted by Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham, are also likely to be sold.
“We have three players we have agreed to let leave – Cesar Azpilicueta, Stephane Mbia and either Loic Remy or Andre Ayew.
“However, we have changed our mind about Loic. We will see, but we would like to keep him. However, it is difficult to have a definitive position.
“If Chelsea makes a fair offer for Aspi, we will let him leave. If there is a good offer for Stephane Mbia, we will let him leave too. We are working in good terms both with Cesar and Stephane.”
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