Chelsea eyeing £25 million move for Marseille starlet

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Chelsea are plotting £25 million move for Marseille starlet Giannelli Imbula, according to French newspaper La Provence.

21-year-old Imbula, who only moved to the Stade Velodrome from Ligue 1 rivals Guingamp in July, has impressed fans in France with a number of promising performances and the Belgian-born midfielder was linked with both Chelsea and Arsene Wenger's Arsenal prior to the close of the transfer window. 

However, according to reports in France, the West London club, whose manager Jose Mourinho is now in his second stint in charge, are believed to be impressed with the manner in which Imbula has performed so far this season and could be set to considerably test Marseille's resolve with a £25 million bid when the window re-opens for business in January.

Whether Élie Baup's men would be prepared to part with a player they payed £6.3 million for just two months ago, however, remains to be seen. 

The nine-time French champions, who currently occupy third position in the Ligue 1 standings after collecting 14 points from their opening seven games, do have a history of doing big business with the Blues.

In 2004, Ivorian striker Didier Drogba, who became a cult hero at Chelsea after ending his eight-year association with the club with the penalty that secured them their first taste of Champions League glory in 2012, made the switch from Marseille to Stamford Bridge for £24 million in 2004. Like Imbula, Drogba had only moved to Les Phocéens from Guingamp a few months earlier.

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