Talks between Marseille Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta and agent Stéphane Courbis have accelerated in recent weeks over the possible return of Steve Mandanda to the club, according to L’Équipe.
The player himself even met with Marseille representatives in December in a 5 star hotel over-looking the Vieux Port.
A provisional contract agreement between Mandanda and OM has been reached for a three year deal, but the details have yet to filter through.
Crystal Palace on their side are demanding €5m in order to part with the player, a sum that OM consider to be quite extensive considering they sold him for €2m last summer. However, a deal should be able to be sorted out relatively quickly between the two clubs.