Jordan Amavi to Marseille is pretty much out in the open, and Aston Villa are again on the verge of losing the fullback. After the Sevilla farce, which increasingly feels less like a medical issue and more like a money issue, Amavi faced another season at Villa Park.

That wouldn’t have been the end of the world, and Steve Bruce made it clear he’d like to keep the player, but Marseille have been doing their best to change things.

Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe, Marseille manager Rudi Garcia has been asked about the club signing Amavi, and was open as he could be about a player still owned by Aston Villa.

“It’s possible. It will be necessary to be careful and wait for the medical examination. The goal, if he comes, is to prepare for the succession of Pat next season. This season, with European football, Pat won’t be able to play 55 matches. It is also known that Jordan can evolve on the right of the defence.”

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L’Equipe say Amavi is set for a medical today to validate the transfer.

As per previous reports, and also repeated on Thursday, Amavi will move to Marseille on loan, with an automatic purchase option seeing the deal worth €10m to Aston Villa.

It’s a great opportunity for Amavi. Learning from Patrice Evra will be welcome and joining Marseille at a time the club is on the up is an attractive prospect.