Another French man may be on his way to Arsenal in a cut price deal if you believe the reports from France. Yoann Gourcuff is currently in a contract stand-off with Lyon after they offered the midfielder a lower salary in a new extension.
The club are looking to slash their wage bill and targeted Gourcuff’s £90,000-a-week wages by offering the Frenchman a new contract but with lower wages. The player reacted badly to the offer, refusing to agree to it.
The stand-off could see Arsenal steal in to seal a cut-price deal in January. Arsene Wenger has been a long term admirer of Gourcuff and the latest situation could finally see him get his man. His contract expires in 2015 meaning he would enter his final year next summer, which would automatically lower his price.
The fact that Lyon want to lower their wage bill and Gourcuff refusing to accept could also be a factor towards his exit with a transfer generating more finance for the club while removing Gourcuff’s huge wage burden.
Arsenal’s recruit of Mesut Özil may have seen their interest in Gourcuff drop but sources suggest Wenger is still keen to make a deal happen. The player is even willing to lower his wages but only to secure a move to Arsenal rather than to stay at the Stade Gerland.