THE biggest transfer rumours to crop up from recent days have suggested that French side Olympique de Marseille are targeting a double swoop of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
The rumours come amid an inevitable takeover of Marseille, with a banging return expected from the club best seen as one of the sleeping giants of French football. Past Champions League winners and recent runners-up of Ligue One, the takeover of the club is expected to be concluded by the summer.
A businessman from the country leads a consortium of Middle Eastern companies for the purchase of Marseille for a reported price tag of €700 million (about R13.3 billion). During the recently concluded campaign, Marseille came within 12 points of eventual Ligue One winners Paris Saint-Germain, and will undoubtedly need some reinforcements if they are to mount a bigger challenge next season, which is where Ronaldo and Zidane come in.
But what would be better than bringing back a local lad – Zinedine Zidane? The future will tell us,” said the potential new owner of Marseille, adding he dreams to bring another big-name import, Cristiano Ronaldo, to the Stade Velodrome.
“A player that I will never forget is Cristiano Ronaldo. I like respect and discipline. He embodies that. Do I dream of signing him for Marseille? Everything is possible in life. He is generous and gives a lot. It makes me vibrate. It would be a dream to have him in Marseille.”
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