Grenier has refused to pledge his future to the French club.
Arsenal appear to be drawing ever closer to securing the signature of Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Clement Grenier as the Frenchman refuses to sign a new deal at the Ligue 1 club, according to today’s paper edition of l’Equipe, as reported on FootMercato.
Grenier is currently away in South America with the France national team and has declared that he will not decide on his future until he returns.
Yet this new development seems to point to the fact that the 22-year-old certainly won’t be plying his trade at Lyon come the start of the 2013/14 season.
This adds fuel to the speculation that the Gunners are looking to sign the attacking midfielder in order to sure up their squad in the centre of the park and manager Arsene Wenger has already declared his interest in Grenier.
The attacker helped Lyon to third in the French league this season and Champions League qualification, but it’s thought the Arsenal target feels he has better chance of progressing in the tournament at the Emirates Stadium.
Grenier has impressed in the top tier of France this year, making 34 appearances in all competitions and scoring seven goals and providing a further eight assists.
With Sanit Cazorla and Jack Wilshere already operating in a similar role to that of the Frenchman at the Gunners, it’s unknown how the midfielder would fit in at the club, although Wenger is clearly keen to land his man.
Football website transfermarkt.com report that Grenier would cost any potential suitors around £7m to prize him away from the Stade de Gerland.