Marseille’s Potential Owner Discusses Plans to Overtake PSG in Ligue 1

In April, Forbes reported that Olympique de Marseille had lost more than €200 million since Frank McCourt purchased the French club in 2016. As a result, there are countless rumors of suitors looking to buy.

One of these potential buyers is Franco-Tunisian businessman Mohamed Ayachi Ajroudi. According to Le Parisien, the 68-year-old is in the first steps of purchasing Marseille. However, despite not having a deal in place, Ajroudi is already talking about his plan for Les Phocéens.

Ajroudi was interviewed by Le Figaro about his vision for Marseille, which includes overtaking rivals Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the French football mountain.

“To dethrone PSG at the national level? Of course. Winning the French championship would be a pleasure,” Ajroudi said. “We want to compete with what exists. And why not win the European Cup.”

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Ajroudi continues by saying (with an indirect shot at Olympique Lyonnais) that Marseille’s budget will be closer to Les Parisiens than to Lyon’s. He states that it will be a dream to attract top talent like those of Cristiano Ronaldo’s status.

“The budget? It would be closer to PSG than to Lyon. It is not a question of number or amount but of men capable of bringing their skills. But we will be there to deal with it,” Ajroudi said. “If I dream of Cristiano Ronaldo in Marseille? Everything is possible in life. It would be a dream. After that, it is Mourad Boudjellal’s task.”

Despite sounding silly when it comes to Ronaldo’s talent, signing the Portugal international would add a spark to the rivalry with PSG. With the capital club dominating Le Classique over the past decade, it would be nice to see more competitive matchups for Ligue 1’s marquee matchup.

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