According to fresh reports from Valencia-based paper Superdeportivo, Marseille are preparing themselves for the sale of star midfielder Giannelli Imbula by lining up an ideal replacement.
La Liga outfit Valencia have been one of the leading clubs interested in signing the highly-rated defensive midfielder, though with each passing week the competition for his signature seemingly increases.
The North Londoners are in need of bolstering their midfield ranks, and the opportunity to throw the rather disappointing Stambouli into the deal would undoubtedly be a win-win situation.
However, the two names Marseille have allegedly pinpointed as ideal replacements are instead Caen’s N’Golo Kante and Manchester City youngster Seko Fofana.
Fofana, a 20-year-old former French U20 international midfielder, spent the second half of last season on loan at Championship side Fulham, where he made 21 league appearances.
His future prospects with City look dim due to heavy squad competition, and a return to France with Marseille has been spoken about in L’Equipe last week.
Superdeporte go on to suggest that Marseille are expecting Imbula’s exit to be imminent, as a failure to secure Champions League football means cutbacks are to be made.