Tottenham learn £17m price tag for sought-after target in talks with rivals

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Marseille have started talks with RC Lens over a deal for right-back Jonathan Clauss, with the Ligue 1 side finalizing their asking price amid competing interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

This is acc foot Mercato, who note that Les Phoceens are in direct talks with the Stade Bollaert-Delelis hierarchy over the 29-year-old as of Saturday morning. OM are keen to overtake all other clubs chasing the France international with four caps this summer.

Clauss has come under radar in the south of France, north London and Madrid, with Atletico also monitoring developments. Such is the interest from across Europe that Lens expects to receive at least €20m (£17m) when their signing leaves Pas-de-Calais in 2020.

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Marseille intend to limit Tottenham’s interest in Claus’s transfer from Lens

Marseille are yet to make a formal offer for Clauss’ move to the Stade Velodrome during negotiations with Lens. But his name has become a focal point at the club since Igor Tudor succeeded Jorge Sampaoli at the helm after his sudden, surprise departure.

Many targets Sampaoli wanted to sign are no longer in OM’s plans, but Clauss has remained a priority target. Out of contract in a year, he had a strong season last season, registering nine assists and four goals from 36 Ligue 1 games, 35 of which he started.

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Tottenham remain in the running to sign Clauss from Lens as Marseille now express interest in the Strasbourg product. While Tudor is keen on signing the full-back, Les Phoceens and Les Sang et Or are nowhere near ready to agree on the terms of a potential move at this time.

Marseille still have a long way to go to attract rivals Tottenham and Atletico Madrid’s interest in Clauss. However, the Ligue 1 runners-up have every intention of securing his move.

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