Marseille are reportedly trying to sign United States Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo.
As Bleacher Report's Andy Brassell relayed, according to L'Equipe, the French club are seeking to make a big impression in a bid to cement their spot in the top flight:
Andy Brassell @andybrassell
An interesting new strand to Marseille’s rebuild; women’s team, in 2nd top-flight season, trying to sign Hope Solo, according to @lequipe2017-6-27 08:30:19
Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and one-time World Cup winner, is rated as one of the finest goalkeepers of all time and has represented the United States an incredible 202 times.
The 35-year-old hasn't been in action in a competitive game since the quarter-finals of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last summer.
Solo picked up a six-month suspension following that game after stating the Sweden players conducted themselves like "a bunch of cowards" in a defensive display, per the Associated Press (h/t the Guardian). In September 2016, the goalkeeper also underwent surgery on a troublesome shoulder.
Solo would be one of a string of high-profile USWNT stars to make the move to European football if this deal was to go ahead.
Alex Morgan joined Lyon on loan from Orlando Pride in January and played a part in the team's UEFA Women's Champions League win. United States skipper Carli Lloyd also made a temporary switch to Manchester City.
Marseille's women's side was promoted to the top flight in 2016, and they enjoyed an excellent debut season at that level, finishing in fourth.