L’Équipe reports today that Montpellier striker Andy Delort is looking to leave the club before the end of the summer, with a move down the coastline to Nice looking the likeliest option.
Although manager Nice Christophe Galtier had confirmed on Friday that Lille striker Burak Yılmaz – with whom he won the title last year – had called him, the former Saint-Étienne manager also discussed links to Delort. Although previously insisting that he had heard nothing to suggest a move could happen, he lauded the Algeria international for his maturity and later stated that the club was “working in that direction”.
Delort has met with the Montpellier management and made his desire to leave known, with an initial bid being made by Nice under €10m. The club will not stand in the player’s way, despite Delort being only recently named captain. The forward also recently changed agents, and is now represented by Galtier’s stepson.
With Montpellier needing to sell, negotiations could also involve the arrival of Jordan Ferri to Les Aiglons, a target of Galtier should Khephren Thuram leave Nice.
Mohamed Toubache-TER adds that the striker’s transfer fee would be set at €15m, although a figure in the range of €11m-€14m is also possible. Nice are also looking to lower Delort’s price by including a player of their own in the deal, notably either strikers Dan Ndoye or Myziane Maolida.