Arsenal and Chelsea had scouts present at Olympic Lyon’s game against OGC Nice on Friday night, according to reports.
Lyon were defeated as both Arsenal and Chelsea scouts watched youngster Samuel Umtiti.
Both London clubs are reportedly keen on the highly rated French defender.
Chelsea were linked with a move for the defender last summer as they were in search for a long term replacement for John Terry but the blues placed all their resources in signing Everton’s John Stones.
Arsenal have also be linked with a move for the defender but the Gunner’s boss is keen on seeing the defender develop in France a little longer.
Umtiti is regarded as one of the country’s best talent and the young defender recently claimed he will be happy to move to England or Spain in the near future.
I’m very ambitious, I have quite a few goals, but I’ve still got many things to learn with Lyon,’ he said.
‘Going abroad is a dream, there are very great clubs that you dream about. England? Everyone admires that league.
‘I would say I prefer the Spanish game, but to be honest, I don’t have a real preference.’
A move to Chelsea will see the defender follow the foot steps of Kurt Zouma who has become a key member of the Chelsea squad this season.