Last summer, Lyon snapped up Parkhead hero Moussa Dembele for £19million, and it seems Marseille will be looking to test Celtic’s resolve on Ntcham.
The report claims that Marseille’s scouting staff have still been keeping tabs on the 23-year-old and have placed him high on their transfer window wishlist.
Ntcham was brilliant in the 2017-18 campaign for the Bhoys, but failed to sustain that high standard last season. Still, he made 30 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals.
The Frenchman signed a new long-term deal last year that will keep him at the club till 2022. Therefore, Celtic are under no pressure to sell him at the moment.
However, anything can happen in a transfer window. Ntcham could be tempted to return to his homeland and play under Marseille’s new boss Andre Villas-Boas, who took charge at the club following the sacking of Rudi Garcia.
They are set for a major recruitment drive and squad restructure, and have identified Ntcham as the man to bolster their midfield.
Celtic signed the French U-21 international for a fee in the region of £4.5 million from Manchester City, and they should demand a high transfer fee for him, in case they are forced to offload him. At the moment, there is nothing to worry about.