Priority of OM in defense, Isaak Touré is very close to committing to Manchester City according to L’Equipe.
The return from loan of William Saliba is a blow for Olympique de Marseille, who want to recruit heavyweights to compensate for the loss of the French international. Great hope of Ligue 2 and French football, Isaak Touré has been identified as the priority of Pablo Longoria and Jorge Sampaoli in central defense. In its Monday edition, L’Equipe revealed that the president of OM was pressing hard in this case in order to win the day, in return for a transfer fee of between 5 and 7 million euros. OM’s efforts could prove to be insufficient since this Monday evening, L’Equipe conditioned Marseille supporters by revealing an imminent agreement between Le Havre, Isaak Touré and Manchester City for the transfer of the U19 international from L’Equipe de France this summer.
Isaak Touré, an imminent agreement with Manchester City
Negotiations between Le Havre and Manchester City have advanced significantly over the past few days, to the point that the agreement is almost reached. Isaak Touré, already close to leaving Le Havre this winter due to the interests of several French and German clubs, had been retained by the club of which Paul Le Guen is the coach. But this summer, Le Havre is aware that keeping Isaak Touré is simply mission impossible. By joining Manchester City, the French defender will go through a very specific process with a loan to a City Group club. Troyes, which is one of the clubs owned by the boss of the reigning English champion, holds the rope and has unsurprisingly come forward to recover Isaak Touré on a one-season loan with no option to buy. Enough to frustrate Pablo Longoria, who of course has other tracks up his sleeve but who had made Isaak Touré a real summer priority.
There is a Manchester City – Le Havre agreement.
• Transfer greater than €5 million. Then ready in stride in Troyes.
• But OM are pushing. The player is very interested. The final decision will be made in the next few days. https://t.co/8vfo2rDqRH
— Santi Aouna (@Santi_J_FM) June 13, 2022
Still, in this case, Isaak Touré also has his say and according to information from Foot Mercato, the player gives his priority … to Olympique de Marseille. Despite the agreement reached between his club Le Havre and Manchester City, the 19-year-old central defender gives his preference to Marseille. He met Marseille President Pablo Longoria several times with his agents and obviously the interviews with the OM boss did not leave him indifferent. It now remains to be seen whether Marseille can match the demands of Troyes, who are demanding more than 5 million euros for the transfer of Isaak Touré. It will also be a question for Marseille to align with the salary offered by Manchester City to the player, which has not filtered for the moment. Anyway, the file is far from over for Marseille, which still believes in its chances of winning the bet thanks to the player’s desire to join the Cannebière.