Marseille have struck a deal to sign Azzedine Ounahi after clubs from across Europe targeted the midfielder who dazzled in Morocco’s World Cup semi-final run.
Ounahi was pivotal as Morocco became the first African team to reach the last four at a World Cup, catching the eye as the Atlas Lions saw off Spain and Portugal before falling to France.
The 22-year-old will leave Angers to join fellow Ligue 1 outfit Marseille for a fee reportedly of around €10million, having previously been linked with the likes of Napoli, Leicester City and Leeds United.
Both clubs announced a deal was in place on Saturday.
Marseille, who sit third in the table, said in a short statement: “Olympique Marseille announces an agreement in principle with Angers for the permanent signing of Azzedine Ounahi.”
Ounahi has played 15 games in the French top flight this season, having also been a regular last season, and he will leave Angers just 18 months after arriving from minnows Avranches.
His arrival at Stade Velodrome could pave the way for Matteo Guendouzi to depart.
The France international is rumoured to be a target for Aston Villa and West Ham.
L’Olympique de Marseille annonce un accord de principe avec @AngersSCO, pour le transfert définitif d’@AzzedineOunahi. pic.twitter.com/Nuw7W9cqwH
— Olympique de Marseille (@OM_Officiel) January 28, 2023
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