Chelsea considering shock January move for technically gifted Frenchman

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Chelsea are watching Marseille star Florian Thauvin ahead of a potential bid for the winger, who had a disastrous spell in England with Newcastle United, where he had 16 appearances, but the 25-year-old has managed to rebuild his status after returning to Marseille.

The Frenchman has become Marseille’s talisman, netting 33 goals in 50 matches for the Ligue 1 side, and was selected in Didier Deschamps’ squad which went on to win the World Cup.

Florian Thauvin revealed earlier this term that he will consider leaving Marseille if they fail to qualify for the Champions League and several outfits have been alerted to the situation.

France Football claims Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid have all been monitoring the forward this season. Florian Thauvin, who is tied to Marseille until the summer of 2021, is rated at around €45 million (£41m).

‘I’m hungry for titles, that’s what remains at the end of your career. There is a big game to play on Wednesday,’ Thauvin told L’Equipe back in May.

‘As for other championships, Spain makes me dream, and I like Germany a lot because it could be good for my game, but I’m not thinking about my future.

‘I had a choice to make in the past [going to Newcastle], and I ended up being unhappy. ‘In the future, I will take the time to think about it, but I’m good here. I am in no hurry to leave.’