Kicker report this afternoon that Bayer Leverkusen forward Sardar Azmoun will not be joining Marseille on deadline day. This comes after the Ligue 1 club struck a deal with Sporting Braga over the signing of promising Portuguese striker Vitinha (22), which is expected to exceed €30m.
As reported via our colleagues at Get French Football News, Vitinha is expected to sign a five-and-a-half year contract with OM. Interest in Azmoun, who only joined Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, was reported by Fabrizio Romano on Monday night. Marseille’s opening proposal for the Iranian was €10m including bonuses, but the French side also had other options.
Azmoun has played just 305 minutes across 11 Bundesliga games this season for Bayer Leverkusen, and has failed to score. The 28-year-old has started just two of those games.
Although Azmoun reportedly gave the green light to join Marseille, it’s now increasingly likely that the forward will remain at the Bundesliga club as we enter the final hours.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder