Clement Grenier has admitted he looks likely to leave Lyon this summer…
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Lyon’s French international midfielder Clement Grenier has told reporters that he is open to a move away from France this summer, but only if the deal is beneficial to his current club.
Sources have linked both Newcastle United and Arsenal with the 23-year-old, and Lyon are likely to be forced into a sale due to their well publicised financial trouble, which has seen several of their biggest stars leave – including Bafetimbi Gomis and Michel Bastos.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew had an £8m offer rejected in January, but Lyon are now looking to cash in on one of their prize assets.
The attacking midfielder has been with the club since 2002, when he joined as an 11-year-old. He made his senior first-team debut in 2009, and has since played 87 league games for the club, scoring 11 goals.
He made his French debut last year, and has now been capped five times for his country. He was initially named as part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, but was forced to withdraw through injury. He was replaced by Southampton midfielder and Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin.
Newcastle are desperate for reinforcements this summer, after a horrendous conclusion to the 2013-14 season saw them lose eight of their final ten games. However, Arsenal will hope to convince the player with the lure of Champions League football.