Emirates Stadium side keen to do some Stade Gerland shopping.
For all the talk of reported moves to raid Serie and La Liga sides to capture fresh summer talent it appears that Arsene Wenger is actually most likely to conduct yet another Ligue 1 raid, or perhaps two, as he looks to strengthen his Arsenal squad.
In particular it seems that the Gunners boss is keen to pick up a bargain, this despite a reported high level of transfer funding from the Emirates Stadium board, and has been linked with multiple raids to land Lyon stars, no doubt looking to make the most of the Stade Gerland side’s well publicized financial problems.
Chief among those at Lyon on Wenger’s short-list would appear to be young playmaker Clement Grenier who is seemingly a player of great interest to the Arsenal boss.
22 year old Grenier is an adaptable attacking midfielder who has also come through the Lyon ranks. The intelligent flair player is an excellent set-piece specialist and is currently on the fringes of Didier Deschamps national team and still to win a full senior cap and probably more than aware that a move to Arsenal could well aid in that department.
Grenier finished the 2012/13 season as Lyon’s third highest scorer and second most effective assist maker, such has become his pivotal role in Remi Garde’s first team set-up.
French international player Yoann Gourcuff has long been on the Arsenal radar and is another player Wenger is keen on bringing in from Lyon, presumably he hopes to do so ‘on the cheap’.
Lyon are apparently desperate to get the big earner off their books with the 26 year old on a reported £80k a week deal that owner Jean-Michel Aulas isn’t keen on paying for much longer.
The former Bordeaux and AC Milan man has experienced a return to form of sorts in the final weeks of the season, securing a national team recall for his efforts, but is perhaps still a player Lyon are keen to cash in on to help balance the books.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has set his sights on experienced French international striker Bafetimbi Gomis as he looks to strengthen the Emirates Stadium attack.
Gomis has been a consistent attacking weapon for Les Gones, scoring 74 goals in his four seasons since moving to Lyon from Saint-Etienne in July 2009
Excessive spending that helped Lyon to seven straight domestic titles led to owner Jean-Michel Aulas selling a number of star players, most recently cashing in on the sales of Hugo Lloris, Aly Cissokho and Kim Kallstrom last summer.
Arsenal’s lack of bite has led to interest in tough tackling Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons according to a number of sources.
The Gunners are in need of a defensive midfield presence having not replaced Alex Song since his move to Barcelona last summer and that could explain Wenger’s interest in Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons. The 24 year old is a regular in the French national team set-up and may well be tempted by a move to the Emirates Stadium having represented his hometown club since the age of ten.