Thursday, 16th August, 2012
Marseille president Vincent Labrune has invited Chelsea to make an offer the French side deem as "fair" for right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, while at the same time signalling that other top performers can leave for the right price.
The Stade Velodrome outfit are on a drive to cut costs and could be forced to sell some of their most precious assets.
Indeed, Labrune has painted a far from rosy picture for the Marseille faithful of what the final three weeks of the summer transfer window could look like, as the reality of no Champions League football begins to bite.
"For the next three weeks, our goal is clear: we have to sell players", Labrune told France Football.
"And we have three players who have agreed to go", added the Marseille supremo, "Cesar Azpilicueta, Stephane Mbia and either Loic Remy or Andre Ayew."
Labrune is well aware of Chelsea’s long-standing interest in Azpilicueta, a player they have been persistently linked with at points over the last 12 months.
And so, the Marseille president has invited the Champions League winners to make an offer that can be considered "fair" for the accomplished Spanish defender.
"If Chelsea make a fair offer for Azpi, we’ll let him go", said Labrune.
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