Lens want €15m after rejecting Marseille’s first Jonathan Clauss offer

As reported by L’Équipe, Marseille president Pablo Longoria is working on signing Lens’ France international wing-back Jonathan Clauss this summer.

Longoria had already spoken to the player’s entourage about a move last summer but opted for Fiorentina right-back Pol Lirola instead, who signed for €12m but underwhelmed throughout last season. OM’s interest has persisted since the end of the season but this is the first time they’ve made a concrete approach for the 29-year-old as former coach Jorge Sampaoli was not keen on the idea of signing Clauss.

Marseille made a first offer on Friday which was rejected by Lens, who considered it far below their expectations with the northern club hoping for a deal to close between the €10m and €15m marks. OM, however, may consider this too large a fee for a player who’s nearly 30 and will be available on free next summer, but both Longoria and Tudor are fans of Clauss.

Marseille see Clauss as a priority transfer target following the arrival of new coach Igor Tudor, who replaced Jorge Sampaoli following his shock exit earlier this off-season, the change forcing OM to adjust their plans for the transfer window with Tudor preferring a 3-4-1-2 or 3-4-3 set up with wing-backs crucial to his plans, meaning Marseille are now prioritising strengthening those areas.

Both Premier League Chelsea and Spanish side Atlético Madrid have also made their interest known over the player this summer.

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