Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will get another chance to sign Florian Thauvin in January after the Marseille midfielder turned down the opportunity to join Inter Milan during the summer.
The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Stade Vélodrome in recent months after attracting admiring glances from a host of top European suitors.
Inter were actually given permission to speak to Thauvin, but the Frenchman rejected the Serie 'A' club's advances in favour of staying in Ligue 1.
Florian Thauvin quote:
"The president had contract with Inter, but I don't know exactly what happened," he was quoted saying by the Daily Express.
"Things were clear for the president and me: my departure was out of the question, so honestly I haven't studied the offer.
"It's flattering and Inter are a big club, but I am a Marseille player and they are a big club too. Here I feel really good."
Premier League interest
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in taking Thauvin to the Emirates Stadium, and he'll be hoping he can convince the player to change his current mindset and move to the Premier League when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.
However, Arsenal will face stiff competition for the star's signature, with Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino both believed to be monitoring his situation closely in France.
A move to Stamford Bridge or White Hart Lane doesn't look particularly likely, though, after Thauvin intimated his desire to stay at Marseille and continue his development under the tutelage of the great Marcelo Bielsa.
The Argentine coach succeeded Elie Baup back in May after a 12 month sabbatical following the expiry of his contract with Athletic Bilbao in 2013, and is revered as a master tactician capable of nurturing and developing young talent.
One possible worry for Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs fans regarding Thauvin is his controversial past, having previously gone on strike at former club Lille in order to force through a transfer to Marseille.
Despite that, the France U21 international has established himself as a fan favourite with Les Phocéens, after delivering a series of impressive performances for his latest club over the past couple of seasons.
It will be interesting to see if Thauvin has a change of heart over the next few months, and whether or not the attention from other clubs will prompt more disruptive behaviour if he decides he wants another transfer in 2015.
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