​Five of Europe's biggest clubs are apparently tussling it out for the signature of Toulouse starlet Issa Diop.


Spanish media outlet ​Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Premier League sides ​Arsenal and Tottenham - alongside ​La Liga giants ​Real Madrid and Barcelona - are chasing the 21-year-old's services as the Ligue 1 club desperately try to cling on to Diop.


​Serie A outfit ​Inter are also credited with interest in the centre-back, and Toulouse's club captain may end up finding himself in one of Europe's other top leagues if Michael Debeve's side cannot hold on to him.

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All five clubs are said to have sent scouts to watch Diop in action against French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain, and will have been left impressed by the defender's ability to marshal Brazil superstar Neymar.


Diop was credited with scoring an own goal after the ex-​Barca megastar's effort looped off over him to hand PSG yet another league triumph, but the unfortunate nature of that strike should not count against him too much.


Diop is a product of Toulouse's youth academy - rising through the age groups to become part of the first-team set up in December 2015 after he made his senior bow the previous month against Nice.

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The French Under-21 international, who made seven appearances for Toulouse's B team before his progression into the senior ranks, has made 80 appearances in all competitions for  Les Pitchouns over the past two years.


Diop is the grandson of the first-ever Senegalese star in France's top flight - that honour belonging to Labysse Diop.


Diop also turned down a transfer to Leonardo Jardim's Monaco last summer as he admitted that his sole focus was on helping Toulouse to become established in Ligue 1 for the foreseeable future.

He had said: “It is true, there were discussions. They are the champions of France, they are a great French club. It is always flattering to attract outfits like that. It did not happen in the end. 


"I am focused on Toulouse at the moment. I do not pay attention. I decided to stay because I still need to grow, to impose myself at my club. 


"I said to myself that another year, at least, is not a bad thing, to go to the next level, to become a true pillar of this side and to have a great season with those aims.”