In-demand Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi is reportedly on the verge of penning a long-term contract at Olympique Marseille.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Les Olympiens have scheduled medical tests for the 22-year-old after agreeing to pay Le SCO €8 million plus €2m in add-ons to seal the deal.
Ounahi is currently on his way to Stade Velodrome, accompanied by his agent Mehdi Benatia, to complete the checks before putting pen to paper on a four-year contract that will keep him at Marseille until 2027.
Following an utterly impressive World Cup campaign with Morocco, the versatile midfielder has grown into one of the most sought-after prospects in Europe’s top-five leagues.
Runaway Serie A leaders Napoli were long top candidates to sign the Moroccan star before Leeds United joined the race and tried to hijack their move a fortnight ago.
However, Ounahi’s future is not in the Premier League, as he prepares to swap allegiances in Ligue 1 and depart hot relegation candidates Angers for title hopefuls Marseille.
They have been proactive in the transfer window this winter, landing left-footed playmaker Ruslan Malinkovskyi from Atalanta while recently accelerating their pursuit of Hellas Verona starlet Ivan Ilic.
Despite failing to either score or assist in his 15 top-flight appearances this season, Ounahi could bolster Marseille’s bid to dethrone perennial champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Tudor laments a shortage of creative midfielders, with Dimitri Payet experiencing an injury-plagued season.
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