Manchester United

Premiership Dog Fight For Multi-Million Pound World Cup Star

French league champions, Olypique Marsielle look set to challenge a number of Premier League clubs to the signing of Sevilla striker, Luis Fabiano.

Fabiano has been on the radar of Manchester United in recent months and has also been linked with a move to White Hart Lane with Tottenham Hotspur. The striker would be seen as the power addition up front that Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been looking to bring in to boost his attack and ensure a strong Champions League performance this season.

According to French sports newspaper, L’Équipe,  Marseille are set to bid up to £10.8 million for the Brazilian World Cup star, who was in the top 10 scorers in La Liga last season with 15 goals helping the Sp,anish club secure a 4th place finish.

While speculation about a possible deal continues in numerous media sources, with little to no comment from both parties in regard to the deal, could this purely be a way of stoking the fire to create a transfer war between interested parties?

It is believed that the French sides bid will fall some £3 million short of Sevilla’s valuation for the 29 year old, meaning the door is well and truly wide open should either United or Spurs wish to make a late bid and secure the signature of the former Sao Paulo hit man.

With the growing rumours about the departure of either Peter Crouch or Robbie Keane from the North London club, should manager Redknapp wish to make a move for Fabiano, the funds would most definitely be put in place by Chairman Daniel Levy to make this happen.

Spurs have a history of paying close to and sometimes over the odds in a transfer fee for a player and this media speculation, should it spark Tottenham’s interest once again, could ensure that Sevilla receive close to, if not more than, their original valuation for the Brazilian.

In addition to the Marseille’s low transfer offer, another stumbling block remains in whether the French side can lower their wage bill and increase transfer funds through the sale of Mamadou Niang to Fenerbahce and Hatem Ben Arfa to Newcastle.

It is believed Ben Arfa will arrive at St James’ Park on a season long loan within the next couple of days. The Toon will pay an up front fee of £700,000 for the midfielder with an option to buy the player next year. The signing will seem to be a real coup for the Geordies as they look to establish themselves once again as a force in the Premier League after achieving promotion for the Championship last season.

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