Chelsea and PSG go head-to-head for French starlet

The two clubs compete once again, this time for Imbula. Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are once again in direct competition […]

The two clubs compete once again, this time for Imbula.

Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are once again in direct competition as the two clubs battle for the signing of France under-20 international Gilbert Imbula from Guingamp, according to Foot Mercato.

Marseille are also keeping tabs on the defensive midfielder and are said to be preparing a €7.5m offer to tempt Imbula’s club into selling.

The 20-year-old has emerged on the radar of some of Europe’s most elite sides – AS Monaco are also watching the youngster – having been a stalwart in the Guingamp team for the past two years, making 71 appearances in all competitions.

Although born in Belgium Imbula plays internationally for France and has to date earned four caps for the under-20 side.

It would be the second time this summer that PSG and the Blues have gone head-to-head with each other over a transfer, with the Ligue 1 champions triumphing in the pursuit of Napoli’s Edison Cavani.

Although returning Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was interested in the Uruguayan, it was the Parisians that broke their club record and sanctioned a £55m move for the 26-year-old.

Therefore Mourinho would be keen to save face and not lose out to PSG again, even if the transfer is on a much smaller scale.

The 50-year-old’s second tenure at Stamford Bridge is set to focus on younger talent – such as Imbula – rather than spending huge amounts on established stars, with players such as Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne to be given a more important role in the team during the 2013/14 campaign.

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