Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of highly-rated French youngster Florian Thauvin may not have been as fruitless as previously thought after the Marseille star cast doubt on a future move to Inter Milan.
Spurs had been one of several clubs looking to sign the 21-year-old midfielder, who had also attracted attention from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.
However, the north London club had looked set to miss out on a deal for the ex-Bastia player with Inter Milan reportedly leading the way for the France international over the summer.
The Nerazzurri ultimately failed to sign Thauvin over the summer, however, and the youngster has now cast doubt on any future move to the San Siro by admitting that he no personal contact with the Italian club and knew few of the details behind their bid.
Speaking on the Olympique Marseille website, he explained: "The president had some contact with Inter Milan … What happened after that I really don't know.
"Quite honestly, I didn't look at the offer. It was flattering, it was from a great club, but I'm at OM."
While the comments do not completely rule out a move to the Nerazzurri, they appear to dismiss any suggestion that Inter lead the way for the 21-year-old.
Tottenham could look to recruit Thauvin in January, though it could be a wiser move to launch a bid over the summer with the French star evidently keen to remain at Marseille this term.
L’OM are undergoing something of a revolution following the appointment of former Argentina and Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelo Bielsa – the man widely regarded as Pep Guardiola’s managerial mentor.
Thauvin is thriving under the South American coach at present, with two goals and two assists to his name.
Tottenham are likely to keep a close eye on the player.
Take a look at Thauvin in action - would he fit in at White Hart Lane?