Emirates Stadium boss lines up another French international addition.
ARSENAL are lining up a £12million bid for Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, according to reports.
The France international has been told he will be allowed to leave the Ligue 1 side as long as club president Jean-Michel Aulas receives an appropriate offer.
And French newspaper L’Equipe believes that the Gunners are ready to splash the cash in order to land the 25-year-old.
The arrival of Lloris would also provide a solution to Arsenal’s search for a captain, if current skipper Robin van Persie leaves this summer.
SOURCE: Daily Star
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Arsenal would line up a move for a French international given that Arsene Wenger’s Gunners squad already consists of five of Lloris’s national team colleagues. The idea that the North London club would be interested in the Lyon keeper as a possible future captain is more than a tad spurious as whilst the 25 year old custodian is the national team skipper this is solely because Patrice Evra had that honour taken away from him following his antics at the 2010 World Cup.
Indeed Lloris is not the captain of his Ligue 1 side but could be a very useful addition to the Emirates Stadium squad.
Arsene Wenger has been linked with Italian international custodian Emiliano Viviano as a possible solid back-up to Wojciech Szczesny and the Lyon keeper would clearly be a player capable of fighting the Pole for a first team spot at the Emirates Stadium.
The 25 year old Lyon goalie captained the French national team at the Euro 2012 finals and is a reliable players between the sticks and the former Nice man appears keen to leave his Ligue 1 side after four seasons as a virtual ever present at the club.
Wenger has not offered Spaniard Manuel Almunia a new contract and will not have been all that impressed with the performances put in by Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone when called upon, hence the Gunners reported interest in Hugo Lloris.