If Simon Mignolet isn’t going to be Liverpool’s long-term answer in goal, French club Marseille might just have a solution to keep everybody happy. At least if reports from Sport France claiming they’re interested in making a permanent deal for the Belgian shot stopper are to be believed.
With Paris Saint-Germain’s grip on the league loosening this season, some of the clubs in the next tier down believe that France’s top flight could be more competitive in future seasons and that with its reputation rising, investment would be rewarded. Marseille are one of the clubs in that group.
Along with the likes of Nice and Lyon, they’re looking to strengthen over the summer in the hopes of chasing the league title and improving their standing in Europe. And, apparently, they’ve targeted Mignolet as one of the better veteran goalkeepers in a top league who would be available.
Despite the fact that he reclaimed the starting job at Liverpool when Loris Karius struggled to settle in the autumn, the widespread belief is that Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp don’t view him as the long-term answer and that it wouldn’t be a surprise if the club were to let him go in the summer.
So far at least, there isn’t a great deal of weight behind the rumour. Still, for a goalkeeper like Mignolet, title challengers in France might be more appealing than mid-table in England if he is to move on, and assuming the French side can manage to offer competitive wages.