The 16-year-old has already played for the French Under-19 side and reports in France suggest that all four clubs have already approached the players representative about a move.

Lopez is currently part of Marseille's youth set-up and has impressed in the UEFA Youth League this season.

Lopez won't be able to sign professional terms at the club until he turns 17 later this year and Marseille are worried that the interest for England will prevent the talent ever turning out for Marseille at senior level.

Marseille are ready to offer Lopez a five-year deal that guarantees him first team football - and the subsequent bump in wages - within two years.