Lyon’s Maxime Gonalons is a priority target for Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to bring in Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons to solve his midfield problems, according to the Daily Mirror.
The French international is seen as the ideal solution to fill the Gunners’ defensive midfield void, which has been a problem position for them this season since the departure of Alex Song to Barcelona.
Abou Diaby was initially seen as the new first choice for that role, but he has endured another torrid time with injuries. The likes of Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey have been used in that role, but not with the greatest success, and Wenger now feels he needs a specialist in that position.
The club had been linked quite strongly with West Ham’s Mohamed Diame in January, though a move never materialised, and it is thought that they could move for him again if they fail to land Gonalons.
Lyon will be reluctant to let their captain leave the club, and it is thought that it will take around £15million to lure him away. Wenger is not known for splashing out big money on players, and may still consider Diame as he would be a cheaper option with a minimum release fee clause of £3.5million.