Arsenal target Clement Grenier is set to end speculation about his future by penning a contract extension. The Lyon playmaker has attracted interest across Europe but the Gunners were believed to be in the lead to sign him however the player now seems likely to stay in France.
His current deal runs out next summer and Arsenal were hoping to seal a cut-price deal with Lyon selling him now rather than on a free next summer, however the club have offered the midfielder a 12-month extension and the player is likely to accept.
Grenier’s father recently spoke about his son’s future saying he would not be leaving France just yet. An end of interest from Arsenal is unlikely with the club willing to spend big this summer while Liverpool are eager to get back in to the Champions League.
Lyon will still have to prove to Grenier that staying at the club is the right path for the 22-year old as his aim is to be selected in the France squad for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he only has two caps but wants to improve on that.
Grenier and Lyon team mate Maxime Gonalons emerged as Arsenal targets after the club were handed a huge £70 million war chest, the clubs biggest ever transfer kitty.
The French club aren’t in a bad situation having qualified for next seasons Champions League allowing the duo to ply their trade in Europe’s elite club competition. A good showing in Europe could see them both as targets next summer providing neither are sold now or contract extensions are not signed next year.