Chelsea appear to face a fight from Tottenham for the signing of Saido Mane, reports suggest.
According to The Daily Mirror, manager Tim Sherwood wants the Red Bull Salzburg starlet to be one of his first major buys in North London and has already dispatched Ian Broomfield - the club's chief scout - to observe him in action on two different occasions.
The reports further claims that the Tottenham boss desires a left-sided player with plenty of pace - an attribute Mane certainly possesses in abundance.
News of apparent interest from their heated local rivals is likely to disappoint Chelsea, however, with Jose Mourinho's side having also been reportedly tracking the £10 million-rated winger.
21-year-old Mane moved to the current Austrian champions from Ligue 2 outfit Metz during the summer of 2012 and appears to have made a very positive, lasing impact at Red Bull Arena.
While he is yet to reach the milestone of 50 Austrian Bundesliga appearances for Roger Schmidt's side, the Senegalese international's goal record for a wide midfielder is particularly fearsome and has significantly contributed to the club's domestic dominance.
It has been a somewhat strange and disappointing 2013/14 campaign for Tottenham to date and the coming summer should reveal a lot concerning chairman Daniel Levy's plans for the future.
With question marks persisting over the future of Sherwood - who replaced Andre Villas-Boas on an 18-month contract in December - it is also questionable just how much money Tottenham will be willing to spend in the next transfer window given the lack of discernible impact made by many of the club's expensive arrivals - the likes of Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado - that were brought to White Hart Lane in the wake of Gareth Bale's world-record switch to Real Madrid.
Chelsea, meanwhile, do not appear to have an overwhelming need for a new winger - particularly with January signing Mohamed Salah netting his first goal for the club during Saturday's 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge - but could presumably see Mane as an exciting option for the future.
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