La Provence says Marseille directors and Saliba's entourage are optimistic about closing an agreement.
For his part, Saliba would be eager to join Marseille for preseason as quickly as possible under coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Indeed, the 20-year-old could be in Marseille today, with an announcement over a deal due Sunday or Monday at the Commanderie.
Saliba spent the second-half of last season on-loan with Nice.
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