Watford enter negotiations with Marseille over deal for Papa Gueye

Watford in talks to sell Pape Gueye to Marseille despite midfielder only officially joining from Le Havre TODAY – after he tried to back out of deal claiming he was ‘badly advised’

  • Marseille are planning to complete a deal to sign Papa Gueye from Watford
  • The Le Havre midfielder initially agreed to join Watford but changed his mind
  • The Ligue 1 club would be obligated to pay compensation to the Hornets

Watford are in talks with Marseille over a deal to sell Pape Gueye before he has even played for the club. 

Gueye, 21, agreed to join Watford as a free agent from Le Havre but changed his mind saying he had been badly advised. 

Marseille have stepped in to solve the situation and will reach a compromise on compensation to Watford. Gueye’s signing could be confirmed on Wednesday.

Marseille are closing in on a deal to sign Papa Gueye after Watford transfer confusion

His pre-contract agreement with Watford was spectacularly shot down by his agent Pierre-Henri Bovis at the end of April.  

‘Nothing is fixed. We have a ‘so-called’ contract from January,’ he previously told the Athletic.

‘Now we are trying to resolve possible issues. The circumstances are very strange.

Gueye agreed the deal to move to Premier League Watford but no longer wants to join the club

‘The communication of Watford doesn’t change anything for us.

‘In the UK, in France, Germany and Italy, we really don’t know about the solution or the club where Pape Gueye could go.’ 

Bovis became Gueye’s agent after the player cut ties with the representative who presided over the pre-contract signing with Watford. 

The defensive midfielder is one of a number of promising talents to come through the Le Havre academy such as Paul Pogba, Riyad Mahrez and Benjamin Mendy.

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