France playmaker Valbuena's agent claims his client is considering a move after the FIFA World Cup™, with offers from around Europe. Romain Alessandrini, who joined his hometown club from Rennes on Wednesday, will help fill the void in attacking midfield and new coach Marcelo Bielsa now also has a fresh striker to call upon in Batshuayi.
The 20-year-old scored 21 league goals for Standard Liege last season, placing him second in the Belgian Pro League scoring charts behind Lokeren's Hamdi Harbaoui. Those performances also earned him the Ebony Shoe, awarded to the best player of African origin in the Belgian league, and persuaded Marseille to part with a fee which reportedly could rise to €6million (£4.8m).
The Belgium Under-21 international was part of national coach Marc Wilmots' provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup and though he did not make the final 23, he had been linked with the likes of Everton, Tottenham, Schalke, Benfica and Porto in recent months.