Marseille in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun

Olympique de Marseille have opened talks with German outfit Bayer Leverkusen over the signing of Iranian international striker Sardar Azmoun (28), according to a report from Fabrizio Romano. Les Phocéens are in need of a forward following the departures of out-of-favour s Luistrikers Suárez (25) to Almería and Bamba Dieng (22) to Lorient.

Marseille were in the running to sign Lorient’s Terem Moffi (23) in a Dieng plus cash deal, but the Nigerian forward will join Ineos-owned Nice in a €30m deal. Marseille were reportedly in talks over the signing of young Portuguese prospect Vitinha, but Braga would not budge on their €30m asking price. OM president Pablo Longoria and sporting director Javier Ribalta seem to have found a cheaper option in Azmoun.

According to L’Equipe journalist Loïc Tanzi, Azmoun has already given his green light to join the club. Talks are ongoing with the Bundesliga’s ninth-placed side over a deal whose transfer fee falls below the €10m mark. Azmoun joined Leverkusen from Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg one year ago. This season, the 68-cap Iranian international failed to find the net with the Xabi Alonso-led side. Last year, Azmoun was reportedly close to join OM bitter rivals Lyon.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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