Tuesday, 1st April, 2014
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are shaping up to slug it out over Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin this coming summer.
Tottenham had an offer for the Frenchman knocked back in January, while Chelsea have also consistently been alive to his talents.
And according to French daily La Provence, the pair have continued their scouting of Thauvin, as speculation over potential bids landing on Marseille's mat in the summer cranks up a notch.
Marseille are keen to keep hold of the 21-year-old however, sporting director Jose Anigo pointing out that the club want to build a team around the midfielder.
"There were offers during this [winter] transfer window. But it was nothing. The player stayed here", Anigo said in February.
"He features in our project for two to three years. He doesn't plan on leaving at all."
Thauvin has long been tipped as one to watch, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger signed up to the youngster's fan club dubbing him French football's great hope.
"He is one of the great hopes of French football", the Gunners boss explained.