Atalanta and Ligue 1 side Marseille are reportedly in talks with one another over a transfer that would see Ruslan Malinovskyi and Cengiz Ünder swap clubs. Reports emerged yesterday that Malinovskyi was being forced out of the club when his wife shared a since-deleted post on Instagram, explaining that the club were pushing him to leave:
“We bought our house in Bergamo two years ago, it has only just been finished and I am slowly emptying out the last boxes,” she wrote.
“Bergamo is our home, we do not have another, but football and life are united… There is nothing more important to me than family and Ruslan’s career.
“If he cannot remain with Atalanta, he must find another solution. Naturally, it’s very sad for us, but this is life in football. He has to think about his future as a professional football player.
“We are happy here. We were not ready to have to change our lives. The transfer window is coming to an end and now we are forced to seek other options. Seek… because there is a serious reason. You have to read between the lines.
“Ruslan was preparing for the new season and we moved into our new house, but something went wrong. You must only understand that none of us wanted to go anywhere else.
“I tell you this because it is very important, because you are a big part of this team.”
La Gazzetta dello Sport and others now report that Atalanta are in talks with Marseille for a direct swap between Ünder and Malinovskyi, but they are still working out the exact valuations of the players.
Gazzetta report that the relationship between Malinovskyi and Gasperini isn’t really the best anymore. The club are pushing for Ünder because he’s younger, more attacking and probably more motivated.