Earlier today [27 January], it was reported that talks between Leeds United and Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi “haven’t progressed at all”. Now, these rumours have been confirmed as Ounahi looks set for a move to fellow Ligue 1 outfit Marseille instead.
The 22-year-old’s impressive performances for Morocco during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar led many to speculate about his future. Leeds, as well as Serie A leaders Napoli, were believed to be the two teams battling for his signature.
It now appears that Marseille have won the race however as indicated by Fabrizio Romano on Twitter.
Most surprising about this update is the massively cut-price that Ounahi seems to be going for, with a €10m fee (£8.7m) being reported. Considering that the Whites allegedly offered Angers a fee of around £20m for the midfielder and were rejected, alongside Napoli who were said to offer £13m, the French club appear to have accepted an offer far below their asking price.
Leeds’ attention will now surely turn to focus fully on securing the signing of midfielder Weston McKennie from Juventus, a figure who has been linked heavily with a move to the Yorkshire club in recent days.
Personal terms between Leeds and the American are reportedly confirmed, yet the buying and selling clubs are still to negotiate a transfer fee.
This is an odd one.
Considering the vast amount of reports circulating which suggested Leeds and Napoli had made significantly higher offers than the €10m offered by Marseille, it really is confusing as to why Angers have accepted a much lower offer.
While this particular transfer mystery may never be answered, the move probably actually benefits Leeds in the long run.
Now they will be able to focus entirely on agreeing a deal with Juventus for McKennie without having rumours surrounding Ounahi lingering around.