Didier Deschamps and Olympique de Marseille; their story is most likely finished. At the end of a frustrating season, OM could see the man who restored their pride by winning trophies for the team after a near-two decade drought depart the club.
According to Goal.com sources, which comes from those close to the policy-makers at Roma, Deschamps is the club's priority ahead of the next campaign. Respected in Italy, the Frenchman could end up at a team with the culture to match his ambitions. Specifically, he said recently that he “coaches to win”.
Jean-Pierre Bernes, Deschamps' agent, has listened to his client. The 43-year-old boss, who has been at Les Phoceens since May 2009, has posed more and more questions about his future on the Canebiere.
After the departure of Erik Gerets, Deschamps had been presented with an ambitious project for OM by former president Robert Louis-Dreyfus, and this was evidenced by huge investments on Lucho Gonzalez (18 million euros), Loic Remy (13m euros) and Andre-Pierre Gignac (18m euros).
Since then, however, the club has significantly reduced its transfer budget, which peaked at 10 million euros last summer. Deschamps is tired of conflict with sporting director Jose Anigo and also the lack of ambition from the club he helped to the Champions League glory in 1993 as a player.
The former Juventus coach has asked his agent to find him a role in Italy. And according to Goal.com sources, Roma, purchased in 2011 by a group of American investors, has made him its priority. Walter Sabattini, the sporting director of the Giallorossi, would particularly like Deschamps, and there is a guarantee of success if the matter can be resolved quickly.
Holding a contract that runs until 2014, ‘La Dech’ has a buyout clause to the tune of 3 million euros that could be lifted before June 15. Roma, strengthened by its new purchasing power, would have no trouble paying the amount required by OM, and could meet the requirements of the 1998 World Cup winner in the transfer market.
Only Inter, another club in search of a reputable coach, could derail the deal, but Goal.com can reveal that Roma is already a few steps ahead.