Leicester City’s interest in Marseille’s Florian Thauvin is still very much alive, according to reports in the Italian media.
The Foxes have long held an interest in the 28-year-old. It was reported back in October last year that the East Midlanders had made contact with the winger’s representatives.
It was thought that they were looking to pave the way for a summer swoop when Thauvin would be free agent. And his name resurfaced in February, with the winger yet to pen new terms at the Ligue 1 outfit.
Italian outlet Calciomercato (via Sport Witness) are suggesting that two other clubs are also keen on the France international. They are AC Milan and Sevilla and Leicester may face a battle for his signature in the off-season.
Thauvin has dipped his toe in the English game. He joined Newcastle United from Marseille in the summer of 2015 for a reputed €15m.
However things did not work out and he was loaned back to L’OM in January 2016. Thauvin made three starts among 13 Premier League appearances but failed to score.
He was also criticised by Newcastle legend Alan Shearer for turning up to a game wearing a tuxedo. It was generally an unhappy time at St James’ Park but he has flourished back in France.
He scored 15 goals while on a season-long loan in 2016-2017 and 22 the following season having penned permanent terms. The former Bastia man played only twice last season due to an ankle problem but has eight goals to his name this term.
It is said that Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers ‘likes’ the wide man and will ‘return’ for him in due course.
New deal could end Foxes Thauvin hopes
Although Thauvin’s present contract expires this summer, it is by no means certain he will leave Stade Velodrome. Reports claim he is ‘negotiating’ a renewal with the side fifth in the French top-flight standings.
Calciomercato claim Milan have cooled their interest while carrying quotes from the player outlining his current situation.
“I don’t know yet,” said Thauvin. “In recent weeks there have been more important things to manage at the club, with a lot of changes.
“As for my future, I have no idea at the moment.”
Marseille are five points adrift of third-placed Lyon in the battle for a Champions League spot. If they manage to bridge that gap, it might persuade Thauvin that his future lies in the south of France.
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