OM in contact with Malinovskyi, the Bailly file is moving forward

OM are looking for a central defender and a midfielder to complete their transfer window. For this, Éric Bailly and Ruslan Malinovskyi are courted by the Olympian club. The positions are close with the Ivorian international.

Two weeks before the end of the transfer window, OM are working on the arrival of their latest recruits. The club is looking for a central defender and a midfielder. Discussions are progressing in particular with Éric Bailly, who no longer plays with Manchester United, for a loan with an option to buy. His name has been mentioned in Marseille for several days.

According to information from RMC Sport, the positions between OM, the English club and the Ivorian player have come closer in recent hours. There is optimism in this file. In this position, the Olympian club has already recorded the arrivals of Isaak Touré, Chancel Mbemba and Samuel Gigot.

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Despite a large recruitment this summer, therefore, the Phocaeans are also looking for a midfielder. As announced by the Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the priority target is Ruslan Malinovskyi. The 29-year-old Ukrainian, who plays for Atalanta Bergamo, has a profile that appeals to Olympian leaders: left-handed, technical, good ball-striking…

The Malinovskyi file is complicated, an exchange with Ünder considered

OM are actively working on this arrival, which should however involve the departure of an attacking player. As recognized by Igor Tudor at a press conference on Thursday, this gaming sector is already very extensive. This summer, it was reinforced by the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Luis Suarez.

The Malinovskyi file is complicated, but the player is very popular with Marseille leaders. The Ukrainian’s contract with Atalanta runs until June 2024, with an additional year optional. The contacts are recent and relate to a transfer rather than a loan. The player is interested in the Marseille challenge. The Olympian leaders recognize all the same that it will be very complicated to finalize the operation.

One of the solutions considered – it is not the only one – is to integrate the sale of Cengiz Ünder into the deal. An exchange with Malinovskyi would allow OM to have an additional midfielder whose profile appeals not only to the leaders but also to Igor Tudor. For Ünder, it would be another challenge because his place in the eleven is not assured with Tudor. Discussions are continuing between all parties involved.

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