As a youngster coming through the ranks at Olympique de Marseille, Maxime López was extremely coveted by a number of big clubs around Europe.

The technical midfielder was linked with Manchester City, Arsenal or even Liverpool, with the latter promising him that ‘in five years time’ he could take Coutinho’s place in the team.

However, he stayed in the south of France where he has made a name for himself enough to still be wanted by Premier League clubs like Tottenham.

The news comes from Estadio Deportivo in Spain, who look at Sevilla’s interest in López, and check if it’s actually real.

Their information says it is, but they add there would be some competition from his Premier League ‘girlfriends’, named as Tottenham, West Ham and Aston Villa.

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The bad news for Spurs in all this is López’s awareness that the type of football played in Spain is ‘more in accordance’ with his style of play rather than what we can see week in, week out in England’s top tier.

Furthermore, life in Spain ‘seduces him more’ than a move to London or the Midlands, which, having grown up in the south of France his entire life, is perhaps understandable.

With a contract running out in 2021, he wouldn’t cost a lot either, and interested clubs will also be helped by the fact Marseille are likely to need to sell this summer, and having started just 13 league games under André Villas-Boas, he is looking more and more like an expendable.

Sevilla clearly hold the upper hand here, but if José Mourinho and Tottenham do really want him, we are sure they can find some very convincing (financial) arguments if they need to.