Marseille in talks with Bafetimbi Gomis over potential loan deal

The striker looks set to leave the Swans as talks advance with the French club.

Marseille in talks with Bafetimbi Gomis over potential loan deal
We haven't seen this celebration from Gomis for some time now. (Photo: Ian Hodgson)

Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis is set to return to France, as Marseille close in on signing the striker on a season-long loan deal.

The 30-year-old has been linked with moves elsewhere but is rumoured to have preferred a move to the Stade Veledrome ahead of staying in England.

Current negotiations

The deal is said to be close, with the two clubs discussing how much of Gomis' £82,000 a week salary should be paid by Marseille. The BBC have reported that the French club want to pay 30%, whilst the Swans are aiming for a 50/50 split. 

As mentioned earlier, Gomis has stated his desire to return to France. The 30-year-old spent five years at Olympique Lyonnais before moving to Swansea in 2014 on a free transfer. 

Swansea record

Gomis started last season in fine style, scoring four goals in the first four Premier League games. He then went on to only score one goal in the next 16 matches, despite being Swansea's main striker. His overall record at the Welsh outfit is 13 goals in 64 games. 

Gomis has become surplus to requirements at the Liberty Stadium and it is no surprise Swansea are looking to move the player on to clear their excessive wage bill.

Bafetimbi Gomis' luck has turned against him after a quick-fire start to his Swansea career. (Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Bafetimbi Gomis' luck has turned against him after a quick-fire start to his Swansea career. (Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Squad bolstering

Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin is yet to sign a striker during this transfer window, despite losing two attacking players. If the Gomis move goes ahead, he will be the third striker to leave this summer. Eder has moved to Lille and Alberto Paloschi has signed for Atlanta in Serie A. 

However, two new additions have been added to the Swans squad for the coming season. Leroy Fer has joined from London side Queens Park Rangers and Mike Van der Hoorn has arrived after leaving Ajax

Guidolin has spoken of his admiration for Juventus striker Simone Zaza and whilst a move is not in progress, the Italian striker would be a fantastic replacement for Gomis.