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Man City and Arsenal news: Clubs chase "new Nasri"
11th July 2013 9:55am BST
Manchester City and Arsenal may enter a bidding war for Lille hot prospect Florian Thuavin - labelled the "new Nasri".
Lille signed Thauvin, 20, back in January from Bastia but the youngster is yet to play for his new club after being loaned back to the Corsican side for the second half of last season.
Arsenal and Manchester City were both reportedly close to signing the player in the winter transfer window but ultimately did not follow up their interest with a concrete offer and Lille stole in to snap up one of French football's hottest prospects in a £3 million deal.
Thauvin is currently on international duty with the France side competing at the U20 Fifa World Cup in Turkey and his stand-out performances there have seen his value rocket.
The player scored two goals in Wednesday's 2-1 semi-final win over Ghana as France progressed to the final to play Uruguay, who knocked out Iraq on penalties.
Ligue 1 giants Marseille are reported to have made preliminary approaches to Lille rebuffed, with club president Michel Seydoux ruling out a sale to their Ligue 1 rivals.
Howver SportsDirect News understands Lille directors may not be so strongly opposed to a transfer abroad, especially if either of the Premier League clubs hot on his trail were to table an offer in the region of £8-10m for a player they missed out on in January.
The diminuitive attacking midfielder, whose style of play has drawn comparison with City's Samir Nasri, is expected to play a prominent role in Saturday's U20 World Cup final.