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Mourinho targets £18m anchorman Imbula

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is keeping a firm eye on Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula, according to reports in the Sun.

Mourinho has sent staff to scout Imbula on numerous occasions, with the Frenchman thought to be valued around £18 million.

Premier League rivals Arsenal are also reportedly interested in securing the services of the 21-year-old, who was dropped from the France Under-21 squad last week after saying 'something 'inappropriate to a member of staff.

However, Mourinho is keen to bring in a holding midfielder not dissimilar to Claude Makelele, who became a lynchpin of his side during his first spell at Stamford Bridge.

Imbula joined Marseille from Guingamp last summer and has made 12 appearances for them this season.

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