Tottenham Hotspur have failed in their attempts to sign Florian Thauvin, the Marseille playmaker that has attracted widespread Premier League attention from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
The Daily Star reports how the France U21 international - who moved to Stade Vélodrome in a £12 million deal from Lille last summer - is on the radar of a host of top European clubs, with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid also showing interest in the attacking midfielder.
Marcelo Bielsa is determined not to let the player leave this transfer window, and was quick to reject the advances of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, having tried to lure Thauvin to White Hart Lane.
Thauvin penned a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 club last year, and after lighting up the French league with a series of scintillating performances has established himself as one of Europe's most wanted up and coming stars.
But, following the recent departure of club legend Mathieu Valbuena - who joined Dynamo Moscow on a three-year deal for a reported £6 million fee - Marseille have made clear their intention not to cash-in on the 21-year-old talent.
Manchester United interest?
Manchester United were heavily linked with a move for Thauvin during the January transfer window, but that was prior to the appointment of Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, so it's no longer clear whether the Red Devils remain keen on him.
Jose Mourinho is a confirmed fan of the player, and could renew plans to lure Thauvin to Stamford Bridge this summer, despite already completing the high-profile capture of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.
Wenger is a fan
Meanwhile, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the in-demand star, previously labelling Thauvin as one of France's "great hopes" following his impressive loan spell at Bastia.
Arsenal are known to be in the market for midfield reinforcements this summer, but it's a defensive minded player that Wenger requires, meaning the chances of Thauvin moving to the Emirates Stadium would be slim, even if Marseille were prepared to part with him before the transfer deadline.
Thauvin's attention must now return to preparations for the 2014/15 campaign with his current club, who will be looking to improve on the sixth place finish last term under the new guidance of their recently appointed Argentine coach.
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