Gourcuff hints at a move to north London.
Long-term Arsenal target Yoann Gourcuff has admitted that he is ready to leave current side Olympique Lyon in the summer.
The 26-year-old has had a distinctly up-and-down career since being touted as a potential successor to the great Zinedine Zidane as a play-maker in the France national team.
Yet despite impressive spells with Stade Rennes and Bordeaux in Ligue 1, Gourcuff has also flopped after big money moves to both AC Milan and present side Lyon.
However, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is a fan of the midfielder and hopes of signing the France international have now been given renewed hope.
“If clubs are interested and interesting, I don’t close the door on anything at all,” Gourcuff told Ouest France.
“The most important thing is to play, but I have to look at the sporting project, whether they count on me, the means that we’re given to succeed, and if they have clear ideas which don’t change after a defeat.
“I have a certain idea of football, a philosophy on how to play, I know in which conditions I can flourish and in which I can’t.”
During the midfielder’s career Gourcuff has had £36.4m spent on him in transfer fees, including a whopping £19.4m paid by Lyon to Bordeaux in the summer of 2010 – a year after the club had secured their first Ligue 1 title in 10 years.
Yet the Frenchman has made just 76 appearances in all competitions for Lyon in three years since the move and has become disillusioned with life at the Stade de Gerland.
It seems that now would be the perfect opportunity for Wenger to swoop in and get his man for what would probably be cut-price transfer fee.