Cissé to be unveiled by Marseilles this afternoon

Liverpool forward Djibril Cissé will become a Marseilles player today according to the official Marseilles website. They say the French international and club president Pape Diouf will be interviewed later today for the website, but it’s also believed that Cisse is there for a full press conference. He’s been in Paris for the official reception of the defeated World Cup finalists by president Jaques Chirac, but will arrive in Marseilles to announce the loan deal.

The deal is for one year, with Cisse to become a permanent £8m signing for Marseilles as long as he proves his fitness. Cisse believes he could be back playing again as early as September.

Liverpool are believed to be still working on the deal to bring right-winger Daniel Alves to the club. Various deals are taking place which reportedly add up to the funds needed by Liverpool to secure that deal. Or at least for Rafa to make his final offer. Didi Hamann’s move to Manchester City (via Bolton) will earn the Reds £500k and Chris Kirlkland’s loan to Wigan will ease the wage bill. If Kirkland becomes a permanent player at Wigan, something they are considering come the first of Januray, that’s another £1m for the transfer fund. Antonio Barragan is likely to become a Deportivo de la Coruna player this week too, raising another £1.7m.