Arsenal target could be available in January

Lyon midfielder Yoann GourcuffArsenal are believed to be preparing a January bid for Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, according to The Metro.

The Premier League side attempted to sign the 26-year-old last summer, but were unable to conclude a deal.

However, it appears he may be available this winter, with the Ligue 1 club in financial peril.

Due to this, the club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas confessed a number of players may have to make way to balance the books:

“We’re planning to sell two or three players for a total of €30million.” Aulas said.

He also admitted that Gourcuff may be one of those sold:

“If he (Gourcuff) returns to the highest level and he wants to go, then there could be a transfer.”

This news will delight Arsene Wenger who has been tracking the Frenchman for the past few seasons.

Gourcuff was once regarded as one of the finest talents in Europe, but a succession of injuries have halted his development.

He shot to fame during the 2008/09 season with an impressive loan spell at Bordeaux.

The move from parent club AC Milan was made permanent the following year and more impressive displays tempted Lyon to splash €22m for his signature in 2010.

Since then he has struggled with ankle injuries and lost his position within the French national set-up.

However, his creative quality is still evident which may tempt the North Londoners to make a January swoop.


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