Marseille ‘look to have beaten Leeds, Leicester and Napoli to sign Morocco World Cup star Azzedine Ounahi’… with the Angers midfielder set to stay in France in a €10m move
- Marseille close to signing Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, claim reports
- The Moroccan World Cup star was linked to Leeds United, Leicester and Napoli
- Ounahi will join the Ligue 1 high-fliers in a four-and-a-half year deal for €10m
Marseille look to have signed Morocco midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, despite interest from clubs in the Premier League and Serie A.
Ounahi, 22, won a lot of new interest after his role in getting the Atlas Lions to the World Cup semi-finals in December, making the Angers player a hot prospect across Europe.
Serie A leaders Napoli, as well as Premier League sides Leeds United and Leicester City were among those rumoured to be in pursuit of Ounahi, who joined Angers in 2021.
Azzedine Ounahi is set for move from Ligue 1’s bottom side Angers to French rivals Marseille
However, it appears that the midfielder looks set to stay in France, with reports of a €10m (£8.77m) deal from Ligue 1’s bottom side to Marseille, who currently sit third in the country’s top league.
RNC Sport said Ounahi had been acquired by Marseille on a four-and-a-half year deal, which will take him through to the end of the 2026-27 season.
‘Only a few details’ need to be ironed out before he is confirmed amongst Igor Tudor’s squad for the remainder of the season, as Marseille look to get themselves back amongst France’s Champions League spots.
Leeds and Leicester were among the clubs thought to be pursuing World Cup star Ounahi
Sportsmail previously reported that Leeds had distanced themselves from the possibility of hiring Ounahi, amid a change in approach for Jesse Marsch’s squad.
Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes had also looked at a number of options to overcome the problems that plagued the start of their English league season, including the 22-year-old Moroccan.
Meanwhile, Italian side Napoli were looking to purchase Ounahi, but allow him to remain on loan at Angers whilst the Serie A leaders tried to keep up their strong start to the season, and the club from south-west France sought to fight relegation.
Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United were one of several rumoured bidders for Ounahi’s next contract
Both Leeds and Napoli were rumoured to have offered at least €20m for Ounahi, but it seems as though Marseille have won despite a much lower bid, possibly because the midfielder has plied his club trade in France since signing for Strasbourg B in 2018.
Football Italia report that Marseille may have offered Angers a larger cut of any future sale if Ounahi decides to switch club allegiances at a later date.
Ounahi started six of Morocco’s seven World Cup matches on their route to the semi-finals, which saw them overcome Spain and Portugal before finally falling at the hands of eventual runners-up France.
Ounahi teamed up in a midfield partnership with Sofyan Amrabat, as the Atlas Lions made history to become the first ever World Cup semi-finalists from an African nation.
Marseille host Monaco on Saturday night in their next league fixture, whilst Angers visit Brest on Sunday afternoon.