ARSENAL and Leicester are in the running to sign Florian Thauvin.
The Marseille winger, 28, has entered the final six months of his contract.
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And there's no sign of an extension in the pipeline despite the Ligue 1 club's best efforts.
Several European heavyweights are already claimed to have lodged interest in the player, who will be available on a free transfer this summer.
Serie A challengers AC Milan are the market favourites, priced at 6/4 to collect Thauvin's signature.
Leicester are their closest pursuers at 3/1 with manager Brendan Rodgers looking to bolster his attacking options.
Arsenal are the outsiders at 5/1 and were actually interested in signing Thauvin before his back in 2015.
Thauvin arrived at Marseille in 2017 after a failed spell with Newcastle, where he failed to score in 16 appearances in all competitions.
But he's been a different animal in his native France, scoring 84 goals and providing 60 assists in 264 appearances.
Speaking about Thauvin's contract situation a few months ago, club president Jacques-Henri Eyraud said: "I hope that Florian continues.
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- AC Milan – 6/4
- Leicester – 3/1
- Arsenal – 5/1
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"But perhaps he has personal and financial aspirations. Everyone will understand that the current period imposes an extreme rigour on us."
The trio could also be helped by today's situation involving manager Andre Villas-Boas.
The boss offered his resignation because he disagreed with the club's "sporting policy" and arrival of Olivier Ntcham from Celtic.
He told a news conference on Tuesday: "I'm waiting for an answer, it could be no and then we would continue. I don't want any money, I just want to leave.
"I don't want anything from Marseille. I don't want money."
Marseille have now responded and granted the 43-year-old his waist – he's been sacked with immediate effect.
Their press release said: "Olympique de Marseille announces the dismissal of André Villas Boas.
"This decision became inevitable because of repetition of actions and attitudes which seriously harm the institution and its employees who defend it daily.
"Possible sanctions will be taken against André Villas-Boas following disciplinary proceedings."
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