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Marseille struggling to find Balotelli replacement

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Olympique de Marseille are actively seeking a striker to replace the departed Mario Balotelli but so far, nothing of note has happened.

When Mario Balotelli decided to end his adventure in Marseille, the club knew that they were going to be in for a tough summer. The Italian striker’s talent and guile helped Les Phoceens through a bitter Ligue 1 campaign.

However, now that the striker has left, Marseille are left with searching options. So far, nothing has really happened for the Rhone giants.

Limited financially, Marseille have to deal with Financial Fair Play and are in no position to break the bank. In a transfer market where prices continue soaring, it has become difficult for the Ligue 1 side to find a striker who could adequately replace Balotelli.

Although there have been plenty of interested players but nothing positive has come out of those. One of the players linked with the club is young Marcus Thuram. The France Under 21 player is currently under contract with En Avant Guingamp and has a year left on his contract.

According to Foot Mercato, the Breton club is not going to sell the talented striker easily though. The club’s president, Bertand Desplat claims that nothing less than €20 million would be enough to convince the club into selling.

The club is also looking at the profile of Salomon Rondon. The Venezuelan is back at West Brom after successful spell with Newcastle United. Estimated at €18 million, he’s also expensive. Currently at Copa America duty, Rondon might not be against the idea of leaving the Championship outfit.

However, AC Milan are also reported to be interested in signing him which complicates things further for Marseille. Clearly, the club is in quite a pickle. With no free scoring striker in the squad, Les Phoceens are bound to struggle next season if they don’t come up with a solution.