Arsenal and Sunderland are interested in signing Marseille striker Loic Remy, according to Caughtoffside. Remy was signed by Marseille at the beginning of the 2010/11 season for a fee in the region of €15 million and he has been impressive for them in his time at the club so far.
Remy scored 18 goals in 46 games in his first season at the club last year and he has made a good start to this season too, scoring 8 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions. The striker has been dubbed ‘the new Thierry Henry’ for his pace and similar style of play to the France legend.
Remy was extremely keen to move to the Premier League last season and he was close to joining Liverpool at one stage, but the reds were not willing to match his former club Nice’s €15 million valuation.
Remy also attended the Stoke City training ground and spent a day in talks with Potters boss Tony Pulis, with a view to signing for them, but in the end he decided a move to the south of France with Marseille was the best option.
The 24 year-old striker has also become a permanent fixture in the French national team set-up, winning 17 caps and scoring 4 goals for Les Bleus. Remy has undoubtedly endeared himself to the Marseille fans in his time at the club and he has become one of the the club’s biggest assets too.
Sunderland are still in the market for another striker after Darren Bent and Asamoah Gyan both left the club in the last year. But the sacking of Steve Bruce this week may have changed the prospect of them making an offer for Remy.
Arsenal are also in search of another striker to aid Robin Van Persie in the goalscoring charts at the club. With a playing style similar to Henry, there isn’t a better manager in the world who could potentially turn Remy into a world class striker than Arsene Wenger.
But it would take a massive offer, possibly in the region of over £20 million for Marseille to even consider selling Remy, which is an amount Wenger has never spent as manager of Arsenal, but may have to in order to land his man.