L’Équipe report today that Marseille have made a second offer to Lens for wing-back Jonathan Clauss, with the Frenchman himself interested in a move to the Vélodrome this summer.
OM’s initial offer for the 29-year-old last week was €5m along with an extra €1m in bonuses, which was rejected. A second offer on Wednesday which saw the base fee raised to €6m was also turned down by the Sang et Or.
The Artois club, who have Clauss under contract until the end of the season, are pushing for a €10m fee, and are in no rush to sell given the departure of Cheick Doucouré to Crystal Palace which has given them financial breathing space.
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Clauss is nevertheless Marseille’s priority, and the club are preparing a third offer for him – however, a plan B has nevertheless been explored should talks with Lens not lead to a move.
Reports last month had indicated that Chelsea were another club interested in the right-back, but Marseille appear to be in the lead now for Clauss, who has emerged as one of the best wing players in Ligue 1 these past two seasons.