Marco Bielsa is expected to return to Marseille as manager with the club being sold to Gerard Lopez.

Bielsa previously managed the Ligue 1 club between 2014 and 2015 but walked out at the beginning of last season after one match, citing conflict with the owner, Margarita Louis-Dreyfus.

Bielsa became manager of Lazio in July, but resigned after two days in the job.

Bielsa would return to a much-changed squad: Michy Batshuayi left for Chelsea for £33 million; the goalkeeper Steve Mandanda left for Crystal Palace on a free transfer; and Tottenham have agreed a deal to sign the talented wide player Georges-Kévin Nkoudou for €11 million (£9.53 million), with Clinton Njie joining the French club on a season-long loan as part of the deal.