Abou Diaby looks set to sign a two-year deal at Marseille after the Ligue 1 club confirmed they’d reached an agreement with the player.
The midfielder, who was released by Arsenal in July after nine years under Arsene Wenger’s stewardship, turned down the option of a ‘pay-as-you-play’ deal at West Bromwich Albion in favour of the move to the revamped Stade Velodrome.
La Provence claims the France international has taken a big pay cut to move to the south of France and will work closely with club doctor Christophe Baudot to reach the required fitness level.
Marseille are said to be realistic about their ambitions for Diaby setting the player 20 appearances as a target in his debut season.
Diaby will be joined at Marseille by fellow ex-Gunner Lassana Diarra. The 30-year old, who hasn’t played competitive football in a year due to a contract dispute with Lokomotiv Moscow, put pen-to-paper on his deal last Friday.
Good luck to Abou, we’re really pleased to hear he’s found a decent club and that he won’t have to watch Tony Pulis gallivanting in the showers.