Speculated in recent days but it appears the clubs have finalised an agreement:
Accord de principe pour Karim Rekik # → http://t.co/OQyFRfsYmQ #TeamOM pic.twitter.com/qfvlGvaU4b— Olympique Marseille (@OM_Officiel) June 30, 2015
We don't know the reasons behind the move but first though it is a disappointing one given the talent the player supposedly has and that his moves to PSV were with a view to him establishing himself as first-team player at City.
Much like with the Matija Nastasic sale, it does feel like this is too early. Still such a young age, despite only having one year remaining on his contract would another season have benefited him, or even a year back at City competing with Jason Denayer and being around the first team squad to see how his development went?
On the flip side, it must ultimately come down to the club not rating him highly enough. Therefore, a fee of £3.8 million for a player yet to really feature in the Premier League is a decent one (and follows the Chelsea model you'd have to say) and if there is a sell-on and buy-back clause in the agreement then it is a move that doesn't necessarily have to be the end.
As it is though, it does look as though the City career of another Academy graduate is over before it ever began.