Didier Deschamps, head coach of Olympique de Marseille, has placed Raul Meireles and Servet Cetin on the club’s shortlist with a view to making a move for the players as a contingency plan should he fail to lure Souleymane Diawara and Lucho Gonzalez to the club.
Diawara, who is currently contracted to French champions Girondins de Bordeaux, and ‘El Comandante’, Porto’s midfield leader, are both considered to be tough players to sign, so Deschamps has been quick to draft in backup plans.
Raul Meireles, a team-mate of Lucho Gonzalez at Porto, has been linked to the Stade Velodrome club by La Provence. A 26-year-old midfield known for his strong defence, it is believed he will also prove a difficult target to snare due to a valuation of up to €15 million.
Meanwhile, the same source suggests that Deschamps will reinforce his defence with Servet Cetin, a player that previous head coach Erik Gerets attempted to sign during the January transfer window. An uncompromising defender, Cetin is known by the nickname ‘Ayıbogan’ – ‘the man who could choke a bear’.
Beanpole centre-back Renato Civelli has already confirmed his intention to leave OM this summer, so les Phoceens’ coach will see an additional central defender as a necessity.
Finally, RMC reports that Marseille are considering a move for Nancy goalkeeper Gennaro Bracigliano, who would act as back-up to Steve Mandanda next term if he was to sign. Lille and Saint-Etienne are reportedly eyeing the Franco-Italian shot-stopper, too.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com