A swap deal for Ruslan Malinovskyi scrapped by Marseille

Marseille were one of the clubs interested in signing Ruslan Malinovskyi from Atalanta in the last summer transfer window. However, despite rumours suggesting otherwise all summer, a deal never went through at the end of the transfer period.

According to L’Équipe, Cengiz Ünder was one of the Marseille players who had previously shown their dissatisfaction with the coaching and training methods of OM’s newly-hired coach Igor Tudor.

Meanwhile, the Ligue 1 club sought the signature of the Ukrainian but also wanted to get rid of Ünder’s service. Consequently, they were open to completing a straight swap deal including Ünder and Malinovskyi. But before Atalanta sanctioned the summer transfer, OM had pulled out of the deal, giving the Turkish international another shot at a revival.

Following the failure in the transfer for Malinovskyi, OM needed to sign an alternative, subsequently returning to the door of Amine Harit, who had not fulfilled his potential under the management of Jorge Sampaoli. In the eleventh hour of the transfer window, the French side successfully brought in Harit on another season-long loan deal that includes a permanent buy option.

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