Despite reports being minute-by-minute these days, you should always allude to the age-old quote ‘It isn’t over until the fat lady sings’ as a measure of uncertainty in football. It has happened many a time this season – be it a late equaliser, last-gasp bid being scuppered *ahem, Ben Davies* or as a way of describing Neil Lennon’s tenure. And in Olivier Ntcham’s case, he may have to wait just a day more before he finally gets his dream move away from Paradise to Marseille.
According to reliable French news outlet GFFN, there has been a problem with the aeroplane taking Ntcham from Glasgow to the French Riviera, which initially sparked fears amongst the fans of not only Les Olympiens, but the Bhoys’ faithful too, as they wait with baited breath to see a rotten apple leave their club.
The deal is not in jeopardy however; despite Olivier’s inability to arrive in southern France later today, the agreement will be completed from afar – presumably this is the paperwork part, with the dusty fax machines being plugged in for the first time since the end of October – whilst the medical component of the transfer will be completed tomorrow when someone at Glasgow International finally decides to oil the engines up.
Breaking | Mini-drama in the Olivier Ntcham deal – there was a problem with the airplane – he will not arrive in France today – loan with option to buy move to Marseille not jeopardised – deal will be completed at a distance, travel tomorrow. (TC) https://t.co/JsHQYFTXFw
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) February 1, 2021
Once the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted, Ntcham will join a Marseille side who finished second last season, but have struggled this term and languish in just ninth place, thirteen points behind the Champions League spots- which resulted in large scale riots on Saturday afternoon.
A club in turmoil, who after doing incredibly well last season, have done all the wrong things this term – so much so that they yearn to have their manager ousted from the hotseat before their season is ruined.
Sounds awfully familiar.