Representatives from Chelsea watched Marseille’s Florian Thauvin in action on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea scouts watched Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin during the club’s 2-1 Champions League defeat against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, according to local newspaper La Provence.
Thauvin played 79 minutes of the match at the Stade Velodrome, in which Kevin Grosskreutz grabbed a precious late winner for the Germans, leaving Marseille with six defeats from as many group stage matches.
The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest properties in French football and the playmaker caused a storm when he refused to train at Lille in the summer in order to engineer a big-money move to Marseille.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he wanted to sign the then-teenager from Lille last January and the Gunners are thought to remain interested in the winger, who appeared from the bench in both L’Om’s Champions League defeats to Wenger’s side.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal, including Willian, Juan Mata, Oscar, Andre Schurrle and Kevin de Bruyne but is set to free up a space in his squad with the sale of the Belgian next month.
Thauvin has also been linked with Newcastle United in the past.
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