OM and Atalanta are preparing a surprise exchange!

Olympique de Marseille’s summer transfer window continues to move with less than two weeks before the transfer window closes. Indeed, the Olympian club has already spent more than 70 million euros between purchase options exercised (Lopez, Guendouzi, Milik, Ünder) and new arrivals (Suarez, Touré, Clauss, Veretout). In the direction of departures, things have been hustling a little more lately, with the loans of Lirola (Elche, with OA), De La Fuenta (Olympiacos, without OA) or even the transfer of Luan Peres to Fenerbahce.

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A financial situation that does not really suit the owner of OM Frank McCourt, who should not make new cash available to the sports management led by Pablo Longoria and Javier Ribalta, who will first have to slim down the workforce and therefore sell in order to continue to invest in the workforce of new coach Igor Tudor. And while the Turkish press recently mentioned a probable interest from Galatasaray for Cengiz Ünder, there is talk in Italy of an exchange with … Atalanta Bergamo!

Ünder vs. Malinovskyi

Indeed, according to the latest information from Sky Sport ItaliaOlympique de Marseille and Atalanta Bergamo would work on an exchange which would involve on the one hand the Turkish striker, who has already known Italian football under the jersey of AS Roma between 2017 and 2020 (88 matches TCC, 17 goals and 12 assists), and on the other side, Ukrainian international attacking midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi, with the Dea since July 2019 (129 TCC meetings, 29 achievements and 27 offerings).

The transalpine media adds that the two clubs are not close to reaching an agreement any time soon, but there is a desire to complete the operation in due time. On paper, the barter seems rather fair for both parties – Ünder is estimated at 22 million euros by Transfermarkt (contract until 2025) and Malinovskyi at 28 million euros (free next summer), who wants a new challenge in his career. By leaving Atalanta, which is not playing in the European Cup this season, the 29-year-old Ukrainian will also have the opportunity to play in the Champions League for his fourth season in a row.

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