By Jack Malone

A host of the Premier League’s elite are set to go head-to-head to seal the signature of Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe, according to French newspaper Le Parisien.

Contract talks between the Frenchman and his club have stalled in recent weeks and this has reportedly put the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool on the alert.

PSG are said to have offered the centre-back a huge wage increase to extend his deal beyond its current expiration in 2018, but Kimpembe is holding out for more in order to reflect his new status as a regular starter.

The French giants are keen to keep hold of their man, not just because he is now integral to the team, but also because UEFA regulations dictate that a certain number of home-grown players must be registered for Champions League squads.

Kimpembe has been in the PSG youth system since 2005 and made his debut for the Ligue 1 champions in October 2014.

Having made only seven league appearances for the first team before this season, he has already equalled that total in this campaign under new boss Unai Emery.

The 21-year-old’s form earned him a call up to the French senior squad as a replacement for Eliaquim Mangala for the recent World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Netherlands, although he didn’t feature in either match.

Kimpembe’s reputation as a ball-playing defender makes him a valuable commodity in the modern game and with the money currently available in England’s top league, it would not be a surprise if made the move across the channel in the near future.


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