Thursday, 12th December, 2013

Chelsea could be eyeing a midfield reinforcement this winter after it emerged that Marseille's Florian Thauvin was being scouted during last night's Champions League clash at the Stade Velodrome.

According to La Provence, Chelsea sent scouts to watch Thauvin in action, with the midfielder playing 79 minutes of his side's 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.


Thauvin had been taken off just minutes before Dortmund actually got their winner, while he has managed four goals in his 12 Ligue 1 games so far.

If Chelsea are successful in a move, they will have achieved what Arsenal failed to do last January, as manager Arsene Wenger revealed last month he had been interested in Thauvin.


The 20-year-old was at the centre of a heated transfer saga in the summer when he refused to train whilst contracted at Lille to engineer a big-money move to Marseille.

Thauvin had also been a target for Newcastle United at one point in time, though the Magpies' interest eventually came to nought.

He became a pariah of sorts for the Lille fans, who claimed he had been lured by the wages on offer, though Thauvin has tried to distance himself from those rumours.

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