OM: Ilic’s arrival becomes clearer, Manchester City can cancel everything

An agreement would have been found between OM and Verona, regarding the transfer of Ivan Ilic. The operation could be concluded for 15.5 million euros, plus bonuses. Manchester City would be the last hurdle to secure his signature.

Ivan Ilic, Hellas Verona

Mentioned for a few days, the signing of Ivan Ilic at OM seems close to being ratified. Journalist Orazio Accomando understands that an agreement has been reached between the Marseille club and Verona, for a transfer of 15.5 million euros, plus bonuses. The only possible blockage of the operation would now be linked to Manchester City, which would have a priority option to secure its services. But the English are a priori not interested in the idea of ​​​​recruiting him. The formalization of the deal would only be a matter of hours.

An arrival to replace Guendouzi?

Aged 21, Ivan Ilic plays under the tunic of Hellas Verona, with whom his contract runs until June 2026. The midfielder has notably taken part in 11 Serie A matches this season. Igor Tudor knows him well, having coached him in the 2021-2022 season. The player enjoys a good reputation and his arrival could be correlated with a possible departure of Mattéo Guendouzi next summer. The French international has indeed been linked to English teams for several weeks.

Ivan Ilic could thus engage with OM until June 2027 with the Phocaeans. Ile should then be loaned to Hellas Verona until the end of the season. While waiting for his arrival, Marseille could recruit a striker by the end of the transfer window. Terem Moffi is notably on the shortlist of Marseille leaders. Discussions are said to be underway with the Hakes, with a view toa possible exchange with Bamba Dieng. It remains to be seen if the operation will succeed, while Nice is also on the spot, or if the Olympians will exploit other files. Javier Ribalta and Pablo Longoria never seem short of imagination when it comes to recruitment.

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