Chelsea & Liverpool join chase for £13m Arsenal target

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Chelsea and Liverpool have joined the race to sign Arsenal target Florian Thauvin, according to reports.

The Daily Express claims the Blues and Reds have taken an interest in the 20-year-old, who is eager to leave Lille in the closing stages of the transfer window.

Gunners chief Arsene Wenger was credited with an interest in the player earlier in the summer, according to the paper, with Thauvin impressing at the U20 World Cup with France.

And, the Arsenal manager has a track record of getting the best out of young players from his homeland at both Highbury and the Emirates Stadium.

Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka both had great success under Wenger, whilst Bacary Sagna, Abou Diaby and Olivier Giroud all came to the Gunners from Ligue 1.

And, quotes from Lille’s sporting president have certainly left the door open for Arsenal to make a move if they wish, with the paper reporting that a £13million bid might be enough to land the player.

"For us, there is no right solution, nor a wrong one. We will handle both [a departure or a return]," said Paquet.

Other Premier League clubs are now monitoring the situation, according to the report, with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho one of those keen on the player.

The Blues already have a plethora of attacking midfielders at their disposal, with Juan Mata, Kevin de Bruyne, Oscar and Eden Hazard just some of those available at Stamford Bridge.

Willian was also captured by ‘the special one’ earlier today (Wednesday), and if Chelsea did sign Thauvin, he’d have plenty of competition in west London.

Liverpool don’t have quite as many attacking options, but have also strengthened in the position with the arrival of Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto this summer.

Brendan Rodgers has shown with his signings that he’s willing to gamble on youth at Anfield, and Thauvin would certainly fit the bill with regards to highly-rated young players.

The Liverpool boss only has a few days left to land the player however, and will also have to convince the youngster that Merseyside would be a better long-term option given the fact that the club don't have Champions League football to offer the youngster.

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