Marseille are reportedly set to let Maxime Lopez leave the club when the transfer window reopens, with manager Andre Villas-Boas happy to let the French talent go.
As reported by Estadio Deportivo, Aston Villa, West Ham United, and Tottenham are all keen on the player, valued at €15 million (£13m) so a move to the Premier League could be on the cards.
But whilst Lopez’s availability might be good news for some Premier League clubs, it could be bad news for Newcastle United.
The Magpies are desperate not to lose one of their best young talents this summer but interest in Matty Longstaff is growing abroad.
Marseille are one of the teams keen on signing the player when his deal at Newcastle expires in the summer.
Plenty of other teams are also said to be interested in Longstaff, but the exit of Lopez would give Marseille the unique selling point of a more guaranteed pathway to the first-team at the Stade Velodrome.
Newcastle already had an uphill battle trying to convince the 20-year-old to remain at St James’ Park but, according to The Chronicle, no new offer has been made to the player since a previous attempt failed earlier in the season.
If Marseille come calling with a clear pathway into the first-team in sight, then Longstaff will struggle to say no to a French move.