Arsenal have reignited their interest in Lyon playmaker Clement Grenier. The French club had previously said the player was not for sale but are now believed to be more willing to negotiate.
Lyon have been chasing shadows for the past few seasons after dominating Ligue 1 between 2001 and 2008. Paris Saint Germain took over the top spot last season after a huge summer of investment following a takeover and AS Monaco have done they same this year pushing Lyon further down the pecking order in France.
The recent lack of success combined with the purchase of a new stadium has left the French club in need of money and president Kean-Michel Aulas is keen to cash in on his players.
The Gunners have also been linked with Grenier’s team-mates Maxime Gonalons and Yoan Gourcuff but all three had said they would prefer to remain at the French club. However, with Aulas’ comments suggesting the players could be on the move and their 2-0 home loss to Real Sociedad in the Champions League qualifiers dampening their chances of progression, Grenier could still be persuaded to move to the Emirates.
Lyon would still expect a fee of at least £15 million for the young Frenchman but Wenger will do his best to keep the fee down as low as possible however he can’t afford to be too stubborn with the transfer window closing in less than two weeks and urgent reinforcements needed.