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According to Spanish sources, Valencia decided to give up on Giannelli Imbula. This decision brings Chelsea on pole position for Marseille midfielder.

22-year-old Giannelli Imbula since a long time was linked with a move to Valencia, but the Spanish club decided to buy Rodrigo Caio from Sao Paulo instead of the French player.

This decision gives Chelsea a priority in signing young midfielder. According to Express, the Blues are ready to to offer £25million for the player. What’s interesting his buy-out clause talks about £22million. That is why a positive decision appear appear faster than anyone expect. What is more the French club has serious financial problems. Club needs money and Chelsea’s offer is more then tempting.

Marseille president Vincent Labrune said :

“We have to sell someone before the 30th June in line with what we agreed with the DNCG. We have to balance the books.”

English sources reveals that Chelsea is in pole position for signing the young player, while the French media ensure that it’s Tottenham who leads the race. Let the battle begin.

Giannelli Imbula started his senior career in 2009 when he joined French Guingamp. He made 91 appearances in which he scored four goals. In 2013 he moved to Olimpique Marseille where in 60 matches he scored three times. In May 2013, he was voted best player of Ligue 2.

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Imbula has impressed for Marseille this season

Juventus have stepped up their interest in Chelsea transfer target Giannelli Imbula.

The 22-year old Marseille midfielder has attracted interest from a host of European clubs after becoming a key man for the French side since joining from Guingamp in 2013 for just £2.6 million.

The France U21 international has a contract at Marseille until 2018 but the Ligue 1 side may want to cash in on the £25m-rated defensive midfielder.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has already been linked with Imbula but Italian giants Juve are now also looking to sign the player too.

Imbula has reportedly been scouted by the Serie A side on more than one occasion this season, and the club are reportedly very keen on him after a string of impressive performances.

Imbula has made 34 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring twice in the process.

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