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Man City transfer news: Deal with Marseille gathers pace as star admits confidence that move will happen

Issa Kabore, playing for Troyes, keeps a close watch on Dimitri Payet of Marseille,during the French championship Ligue 1 football match between ESTAC Troyes and Olympique de Marseille (OM) on February 27, 2022 at Stade de l'Aube in Troyes, France

Manchester City youngster Issa Kabore admits he would love to turn his loan spell at Marseille into a permanent move next summer.

The Burkina Faso international moved to City in a £4.05m switch from Belgian side KV Mechelen in summer 2020. And while the 21-year-old is yet to make his debut for the club, loan spells away from the Etihad have given him the chance to shine.

Indeed, he impressed with loan spells back at the Belgian club, before moving to Ligue 1 side Troyes last season. His emergence has seen him make his debut for his country, and has since won 19 caps in total.

Such has been his impact, though, that he was named Young Player of the Tournament at the 2022 African Cup of Nations. It was during the tournament that he helped his side reach the semi-finals, losing to eventual winners Senegal. Indeed, his three assists for Burkina Faso outlined the right-back as a serious star of the future.

Indeed, those performances brought him to the attention of Marseille, whom Kabore joined on a season’s loan in the summer.

That deal allows Marseille the option to make the move permanent next summer should he impress.

And since moving to the Orange Veldrome, Kabore make three appearances so far, including his debut in the Champions League.

Providing cover and competition for first-choice star Jonathan Klauss, Kabore has looked the part in his fleeting opportunities so far.

Now the versatile star, who can operate in midfield, admits he’s keen to make the move permanent.

“There were many teams who wanted me and with whom I spoke,” he told Foot Mercato.

“When I heard that there was OM, I said to my agent that I had to calm down and that I had to wait for OM.

Issa Kabore loving life at Marseille

“When my agent called me, I was with my family, in my room. I called my wife to tell her that I didn’t believe it, that it was Marseille who wanted me. It was incredible. We were really happy.

“My future, I want it to be OM and I would like to stay here. I want to leave my mark here. I don’t think it will be difficult, because I already love this club and frankly, I don’t think it will be difficult.”

It’s easy to see why Kabore is willing to make the move to Marseille.

Having failed to make inroads at City, a permanent move away looks to be his best chance at success.

And with Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo two formidable opponents to dislodge at right-back, it does not look like a chance will come soon.

However, with Walker 32 and out of contract in summer 2024, City might be wise to negotiate a buy-back clause in any sale.

Kabore looks a player of immense promise and the move to Marseille may well see his game stepped up a level.

As such, he’s one player City may one day look to bring back if he continues to develop at the rate he currently is.

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