Report: Tottenham lose out to Inter in race for French star Giannelli Imbula

Reports in Italy suggest Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula has agreed personal terms with Inter.

The race for the 22-year old holding midfielder, dubbed the ‘new Claude Makelele’, has been intense with Valencia, Spurs and Chelsea among those linked at various stages.

Earlier reports from Le10Sport suggested Spurs were leading the race for his signature and were willing to offer Benjamin Stambouli as a make-weight in a deal but the North London club now may have missed out.

Reports have emerged from Sky Sport Italia, via Talksport, suggesting Imbula has opted for Inter and has accepted the terms of their contract.

Inter and Marseille will now aim to hammer out an agreement for the player valued at around £15 million. With Mateo Kovacic set for an imminent switch to Anfield, according to sources such as the Liverpool Echo, Inter’s haste in securing a replacement is understandable and they appear to have found their man.

Spurs may now have to turn their attention elsewhere in an effort to bolster the squad before next season.

With Paulinho and Capoue out of favour, Dembele seemingly unfancied by Pochettino and Stambouli barely featuring last season, there is an argument to suggest Pochettino will be keen on securing a new top-class central midfielder for his first XI.

Whether Spurs can fend off competition for the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Radja Nainggolan remains to be seen. Giannelli Imbula however, looks like being one that got away.

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