Marseille 'want to buy' €10m reported Tottenham and Swansea target

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Marseille have expressed interest in forgotten man Alvaro Pereira.

The Uruguayan has been on the fringes at Inter this term, making just two Serie A starts under new boss Walter Mazzarri.

With the former Napoli boss preferring Yuto Nagatomo out wide on the left in his favoured 3-5-2 formation, the 28-year-old’s World Cup hopes are under serious threat.

Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea had each been tipped for a move for him to bolster their left-back options, whilst last week the Daily Mirror contended Swansea had entered the race as well.

Swans boss Michael Laudrup remained tight-lipped on the matter when queried, whilst at present the intentions of Spurs and Chelsea are unclear as talk has died down.

But Marseille have admitted to coveting the former Porto man, although a move for Pereira’s services will likely be put on hold until the summer.

“Pereira is a player that we like and want to buy,” sporting director Vincent Labrune told RMC Sport on Monday.

“However, I think we’ll go for him in the summer. We can’t do a great deal on the market in January.

“If a player leaves we will replace him, otherwise we’ll remain the same over the winter.”

Pereira cost Inter €10 million in August 2012 but could seemingly be had for much less given his constant exclusion at San Siro.

Swansea’s reported interest came in the form of a loan deal, but reasonably Chelsea and Tottenham could stump up the funds to make a straight purchase.

Now seems the time to act if Premier League clubs’ interest in Pereira is genuine, in an effort to pre-empt Marseille.

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