An insight into the predicted effect of the transfer ban placed on Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Marseille when it comes to the futures of Arsenal loan pair Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba has been provided on Sunday.
Gueye’s transfer sparks chaos
Word of the hefty sanction laid down by FIFA at the Stade Velodrome was of course forthcoming on Saturday.
This came on the back of an investigation into the bizarre transfer of Pape Gueye, who, after having been announced as a new Watford player back in the summer of 2020, was less than 24 hours later sold to Marseille.
FIFA’s efforts to get to the bottom of the situation, in turn, culminated in the French outfit being found guilty of at least some form of transfer infringement.
As a result, it was revealed by L’Equipe that Gueye himself has been banned from taking to the pitch for the next four months.
In addition, Marseille have been ordered to pay compensation to Watford, whilst being banned from carrying out transfer business for the next two windows:
La FIFA, outre la suspension de Pape Gueye pour 4 mois et une indemnité à verser à Watford, a sanctionné l’OM d’une interdiction de recrutement pour deux mercatos. Le club phocéen va faire appel. Il sera vraisemblablement suspensif https://t.co/TDtY0Hbg2X pic.twitter.com/nUuSkl7nt6
— L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) January 15, 2022
One club no doubt keeping a close eye on developments in the south of France over the last couple of days, meanwhile, are Arsenal.
This comes with the Gunners currently having not one, but two up-and-coming talents out on loan at the Stade Velodrome for the 2021/22 campaign.
The players in question? Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba.
Midfield enigma Guendouzi had long been expected to see his Marseille switch made permanent in the summer, serving up potentially crucial funds to the transfer team back in north London.
If the latest word doing the rounds in the media on Sunday is anything to go by, though, then those in a position of power at Arsenal need not fret.
As per French football expert Matt Spiro, Marseille will be granted permission to make the loan additions of all of Guendouzi, Cengiz Under and Pau Lopez permanent in the summer.
This comes with the framework for all three deals having been put in place last year.
When it comes to Saliba, on the other hand, a permanent OM switch appears to be out of the question, due to the stopper’s loan deal not including an option to buy.
Marseille appealing transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA following signing of Pape Gueye (who’d already signed for Watford). If ban kicks in this summer, club would have to abandon plans to sign Saliba. Fellow loanees Guendouzi, Under & Lopez could sign as deals already agreed
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) January 16, 2022
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