Azzedine Ounahi, who arrived at OM just a year ago, could already be on his way out. He is being heavily courted by several clubs in the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
A year ago, OM made a very good move. After shining with Morocco at the 2022 World Cup, Azzedine Ounahi left Angers to join Marseille. Pablo Longoria, who had waited until the end of the winter transfer window to act, signed the 23-year-old midfielder for less than €10 million. It was a good deal both economically and sportingly, as they acquired a stylish midfielder capable of making a big difference in midfield. And if he started timidly under Igor Tudor, his season was cut short by a toe injury.
Under Marcelino, the Moroccan international (21 caps, 3 goals) was placed on the left, in a position he did not particularly master, and it played tricks on him. Because the supporters, who were rather lenient with him until then, began to get impatient. Since the arrival of Gattuso, Ounahi has alternated between good and bad without really impacting his team. If he is getting better and better, especially when he is positioned higher on the field, the Moroccan still lacks consistency. This season, he has played 17 matches (2 goals) for 13 starts.
Al-Shabab and Al-Ittihad are interested
Given this level of performance, OM seems much less closed to the idea of a departure this winter. Pablo Longoria knows that Ounahi still has a good reputation on the transfer market and could thus bring in a nice check. The 23-year-old will also play the CAN with Morocco in a few weeks. And according to our information, several clubs want to take advantage of the situation to get the Moroccan. Especially from the Middle East.
In this sense, four Saudi clubs have shown interest. Al-Ittihad, Al-Hilal, Al-Shabab and Al-Ahli are in the running, as is the Qatari club Al-Duhail. Currently, Al-Shabab and Al-Ittihad seem to be the two clubs most interested in Azzedine Ounahi. It is now up to these two clubs to take action and convince OM and the player who will be focused on his national team in the coming weeks…