Arsenal & Tottenham Open Formal Talks Over Potential £13m Midfielder Deal

By on June 21, 2015

As the opening of the summer transfer window approaches, managers are working hard identifying targets and lining-up potential deals so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Arsenal and Tottenham are linked with Giannelli Imbula….

Arsenal and Tottenham have opened talks with Marseille over a potential £13m deal for highly-rated midfielder Giannelli Imbula, according to London 24.

The 22-year-old has been with Marseille since joining the club from Guingamp in 2013 and has emerged as one of the most promising young talents in French football over the past two years.

His impressive form has attracted interest from Italy with reports claiming that Inter Milan and AC Milan are keen on luring him to Serie A but it appears the midfielder could now be offered the chance to play in England instead.

London 24 cite reports coming from Sky Italia which suggest that both Arsenal and Tottenham have made contact with Marseille to hold talks over a potential deal for Imbula.

The outlet claims that due to financial difficulties, the French club will be forced to cash-in this summer and may be willing to do business for a fee in the region of £13m plus additional add ons.

We’ll have to wait and see whether either North London club can agree a deal but £13m seems like a relative bargain in today’s market for a player of Imbula’s quality and potential so I think he’d be an excellent signing at that price.

Tottenham are likely to reshuffle their pack this summer and Maurcio Pochettino clearly doesn’t rate Paulinho or Moussa Dembele so I wouldn’t be surprised if a new central midfielder arrived at White Hart Lane and Imbula would be a great addition.

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However, Arsenal are expected to bring in another holding midfielder to compete with Francis Coquelin next season and Imbula would be a ‘typical’ Arsene Wenger signing in many ways.

The Gunners have the edge over their rivals as they can offer Champions League football so if I was a betting man, I’d back Imbula to end up in the red half of North London if he decides to come to the Premier League this summer.

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