There are raised eyebrows here in the Football Transfer Tavern as it is claimed by Inside Futbol that there could well be a £20 million price tag slapped on Marseille’s Nicolas N’Koulou in order to ward of interest in him.
The 23-year-old has been sensational in Ligue 1 this season and is being tracked by not only Arsenal but also Liverpool. Now in an attempt to keep him, Marseille have placed a huge price on his head and are hoping that the Premier League duo are put off by that and decide not to chase a transfer.
It was not so long ago in the tavern that we were talking about a move for the player to England yet it was in a sensational swap deal with Newcastle United hero Steven Taylor. Now that seems to have alerted both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers who have both made their interest in the player clear in recent days and are willing to step up their game in order to land him.
Given that both clubs are crying out for defenders this summer, as one punter quips, it is not that bigger leap to assume one of them will find the £20 million and given the tender age of the player, it may be seen as more of an investment and worth it.