Olympique de Marseille coach Didier Deschamps has insisted that les Phoceens’ move for Inter misfit Amantino Mancini has not been unsuccessful, indicating that there is still the possibility a transfer could be pushed through before the end of the transfer window.
Late last week there were suggestions that the former Roma man could make the switch to the south of France over the weekend, but there has been little progress since last Thursday. Despite an apparent lack of action, Deschamps remains upbeat over the possibility of the 29-year-old Brazil international moving to the Stade Velodrome.
“We are still in discussions,” he told local paper La Provence. “It is not blocked. This is no more complicated than expected, it's just that these files are never simple.”
Deschamps did reveal, however, that Mancini will not travel to Saint-Etienne on Wednesday night for Marseille’s Coupe de la Ligue fixture against Saint-Etienne.
According to La Provence, the stumbling block for the move is over the player’s wages, thought to be in the region of €300,000 per month. Should there be more stalling on Tuesday, Marseille are prepared to send officials to Milan on Wednesday to try to hurry the move through.
Mancini is best remembered in France for scoring a remarkable goal in the Champions League for Roma against Olympique Lyonnais. He teased right-back Anthony Reveillere with a series of flashy stopovers before unleashing a fantastic shot into the top corner of the home goal from a tough angle. Such form has not been reproduced in his 18 months at Inter.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com