Ruslan Malinovskyi has not signed a contract with Olympique de Marseille. The Corriere Dello Sport gives the details of this failure for the Ukrainian attacking midfielder.
Olympique de Marseille tracked Atalanta attacking midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi for a long time. In recent weeks, he seemed to be the priority of Javier Ribalta and Pablo Longoria in this position. However, the deal did not happen.
La Gazzetta explained in its edition of the day that no agreement had been reached between the two clubs this summer and that his departure was becoming complicated. For its part, the Corriere Dello Sport details the reasons for this failure.
Atalanta wanted €25m for Malinovskyi
According to the Italian media, OM tried many times to include Cengiz Ünder in the transfer. The club offered a dry exchange between the two players but Atalanta did not seem interested. The Turkey international was also reluctant to join the Italian club. Longoria would have returned to the charge with a loan offer with OA of 15M€, also refused by the residents of Serie A.
Atalanta Bergamo wanted at least €25m for the Ukrainian attacking midfielder but were ready to lower their claims to €20m as part of a loan from OM. The Marseille club ultimately did not follow up and looked into the return of Amine Harit, loaned last season by Schalke 04.
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Malinovskyi, the old-fashioned number 10
“Ruslan Malinovskyi was a bit of a thin playmaker in Ukraine. He wasn’t good enough to break into Shakhtar Donetsk’s first team. There were a lot of Brazilians at the time at the club and he was one of its players who were loaned out every year. He is going to be at FC Zorya Luhansk which is considered a satellite team of Shakhtar. This team became the third best in Ukraine because the level collapsed and there was no longer too much competition. With Zorya Luhansk, Malinovskyi plays frequently in the European Cup and is starting to get noticed in this number 10 position. He is really an old-fashioned playmaker who gives balls to attackers and who knows how to score from free kicks. He put one or two good free kicks against Belgian teams. There was a connection between Belgium and Ukraine. Many second-tier players like Malinovskyi, who was at that time owned by Shakhtar, left for Belgium. At that time, he made an excellent decision by leaving the Ukrainian championship. He joined Genk for three and a half seasons. at that time, he will become much more powerful, he will strengthen his game. He tended to be too light in the duels when he played in Ukraine. He managed to erase that to become a very strong player physically. He will assert himself as an indisputable holder in the National team. It was then that Shevchenko became the national coach. In selection, he will really bring something different. In midfield, he forms a very complementary trio with Zinchenko and Stepanenko. Malinovskyi will have him this role of playmaker. Shevchenko wanted at the time to play with two number 10s, namely Zinchenko and Malinovskyi. What also characterizes him are his big strikes at the entrance to the penalty area. He scores several important goals with Ukraine this way. Shevchenko will allow him to develop this powerful side of his game. He is probably one of the players in Europe who has the biggest shot on the ball. On set pieces, he is a player who can give excellent balls. He quickly became the best midfielder in Belgium and was quickly spotted by Atalanta Bergamo who recruited him in 2019. After a season of adaptation, he became a key element of the Atalanta system. He becomes a very important player. Since his cruciate ligament rupture in 2016, he has come back tremendously well. Today, he is rarely absent and has excellent statistics. With Atalanta, it’s 129 and 29 goals and 29 assists. It is decisive one match out of two. Mourad Aerts – Source: Marseille Football Club (08/19/2022)