Marseille midfielder Lucho Gonzalez is on the brink of a return to former club Porto after the two clubs reached agreement on principle for the sale of the unsettled Argentine to the defending Portuguese champions, the French club announced on Monday.
A statement published Monday afternoon on Marseille's club website indicated that the transfer "will be made official in the coming hours."
Lucho joined OM from Porto in 2009 for a club-record 18 million euros and was an instrumental figure in Didier Deschamps' side as they won the league in his first season at the Stade Velodrome.
However, the Argentine failed to replicate that form last season and made his desire to leave Marseille known after he was the victim of an armed robbery in March.
Capped 51 times by Argentina, the 31-year-old started his career at Huracan in his native country and moved to River Plate before leaving for Porto in 2005.