The Metro.

The 20-year-old is seen as one of the rising stars in French football, and has attracted the attention of both Arsenal and QPR in recent times.

Despite being just 20, he has become a first-team regular with the Ligue 2 side, with his all action displays seeing him compared to former Premier League star Patrick Viera.

Blues boss Rafael Benitez is said to be an admirer of the Belgian born central player and has urged the club to push through a January deal as he looks to strengthen his squad.

Scouts from Stamford Bridge echo the Spaniard’s opinion, after sending back positive reports.

However, Guingamp are unwilling to sell their young star unless his release clause of £6m is met.

It is speculated that they could lower their demands so long as there were guarantees that Imbula would be loaned back to them until, at least, the end of this season.

Chelsea may agree to this, with the club currently having a number of midfield players at their disposal.

Imbula made his debut for Guingamp in 2009 and holds the record of the youngest ever scorer in the French second-tier after netting at the age of 17.

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