Zidane tracking £9m Chelsea & Arsenal target - reports

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Real Madrid legend Zinadine Zidane has taken a personal interest in Chelsea and Arsenal midfield target Clement Grenier.

GiveMeFootball reported last weekend that both the Blues and Gunners were considering a £9 million move for the 20-year-old in January, but Spanish speculation now claims the French World Cup winner is has been asked to track the player himself.

Spanish publication claims the sporting director is also casting an eye over Gueïda Fofana and Maxime Gonalons at Lyon, with Los Blancos eager to build on the success of Raphael Varane at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Andre Villas-Boas is reported to have told his Chelsea scouting crew to keep a close eye on the player, dubbed 'the French Kaka', as the Portuguese manager looks to add his talented young crop of players at Stamford Bridge.

Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata and Oriol Romeu have all been added to the Blues' ranks since the former Porto manager arrived in west London, and Chelsea are also thought to be keen on 20-year-old Lille starlet Eden Hazard.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also said to be keeping tabs on the player, with the Frenchman having a track record of bringing players from Ligue 1 to the Emirates.

Gervinho is the most recent example, signed from Lille by Arsenal in the summer transfer window, whilst Nicolas Anelka and Emmanuel Petit are more high-profile success stories during 'the professor's' spell in north London whilst the club were based at Highbury.


Grenier, a French U20 international, would be a fine addition for either of the Barclays Premier League clubs, with both holding a long-standing interest in the player.

Arsenal were first linked with a move back in 2009, when the teenager was earning rave reviews at junior level for Les Bleus.

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti was also thought to be keen, and that interest appears to have filtered into the new manager in west London.

The interest of Zidane will be a blow to the two clubs, with the pulling power of a French World Cup winner obvious for a youngster climbing the ladder in his country.

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