The Sun is reporting that Marseilles defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula is attracting a lot of interest with Newcastle one of the clubs interested in signing the 22 year-old midfielder.
Giannelli Imbula – Newcastle interested
But Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and QPR are also interested in signing the Belgium-born France Under-21 international, who is said to be available at around £12M, which could even be within Newcastle’s range.
He has played 46 times for the French club, with three goals and two assists since moving there from Guingamp in the summer of 2013, and while at Guingamp he played 71 times with two goals and two assists.
It’s not the first time Newcastle have been linked with the player and it’s now about two years since we first became interested in the young defensive midfielder.
Giannelli made his professional debut in Ligue 2 back in October of 2009 for Guingamp against Dijon FCO, and became the youngest player in Ligue 2 history at 17 years, 1 month and 4 days of age (approximately).
In May of 2013, while he was still at Guingamp, he was voted best player of Ligue 2, and he then joined Marseilles in July of 2013.
He has Congolese parents, was born in Belgium and has grown up in France, and that makes him eligible to play for any of these three countries.
The 6’1″ midfielder has so far played 4 times for the France U20 side and 5 times for the U21 side.
But if Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea are really interested in the player it could be difficult for Newcastle to sign him.
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