There is a clear indication that Yoann Gourcuff would love to be an Arsenal player, and it is believed that Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer of the Lyon midfielder. So I would not be surprised to hear that the 27-year old France international is going to be the second signing in quick succession, assuming that the reported transfer of Luiz Gustavo from Bayern Munich goes through as expected of course.
Why are Arsenal always being linked with Yoann Gourcuff? by Stefan
The French midfielder has been linked with a move to Arsenal for as long I can remember. Every transfer window, every six months right on cue. He has not moved to Arsenal in his entire career yet, and there has never been an official bid, so why do the press think Arsene Wenger is chasing him to the ends of the Earth?
Should we really be letting Gervinho go? by AH
Over the last few weeks there has been constant speculation linking Arsenal forward Gervinho away from the club, with Serie A side Roma interested as well as Ligue 1 sides Marseille and Lyon also interested, although the latter yesterday denied the links. As well as Italy and France, the Ivorian has also been linked with clubs in Turkey and Spain, all suggesting that the player could be leaving Arsenal at some point this summer. But should we really be looking to let him go?
Maybe I am just naturally suspicious, but I am sure that I am not the only person who thinks there is something fishy about Gervinho’s `illness` that has kept him out of the Arsenal tour of Asia, and I don’t mean that he has eaten some dodgy shellfish. A lot of people suspect that the Ivorian is on the verge of a transfer away from the Emirates, and that is the real reason for him staying in London.
Arsenal made an official bid for Clement Grenier, the 22 year-old French international midfielder, but despite the Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas being confident of keeping the talented midfielder, the first round of talks between the club and player have not yet arrived at a mutual decision about his future.
Grenier’s representative Frederic Guerra revealed after the meeting yesterday: “The talks went well actually, but we still have not decided anything,”
With just one year left on Grenier’s current contract, Lyon are hoping to convince the talented youngster to sign an extension, but last week the 22 year-old seemed to confirm that he would like to move to a bigger League. He said: “I know Lyon have refused an offer from Arsenal,”
Is Grenier worth buying? by KJ
It’s gone a bit quiet on the Arsenal front at the moment with only players like Djourou and Mannone leaving the club being the source of real transfer news. The rumours seem to indicate that something big is going on behind the scenes at Arsenal and you’d hope so considering our team leaves for the pre-season tour in a little more than a week. However, it could all be conjecture at the moment and I’d be cautious with what you read.
Apart from the Yaya Sanogo signing, there has been no official moves made by Arsenal so far in this transfer window. The fans are frustrated and it is understandable, but we don’t really believe that Arsene Wenger and his staff are just twiddling their thumbs in an office or sunning themselves on a beach do we?
There must be work going on behind the scenes for the Gonzalo Higuain transfer, which will not be announced until it is done. There could be negotiations and decisions to be made with Jovetic, Rooney, Fellaini, Bender and others on the cards. It was reported that we had bid for Bender and had the offer rejected by Bayer Leverkusen, and now we learn that a bid for Clement Grenier from Lyon has also been turned down, but the transfer could still happen.
If the reports that hit the media yesterday about Arsenal having a £20 million bid for Lars Bender rejected are true, it shows that Arsene Wenger is really looking for a player to fill that troublesome defensive midfield role. The Gunners may go back with a bigger offer, but the Bundesliga club have stated, fairly plainly, that they will not entertain any offer. Leverkusen have already sold two first team players so they do not have to, and certainly don’t want to, sell any more.
According to unconfirmed media reports in France, Arsenal have made an official bid for Clement Grenier who seemed to be staying at Lyon a few weeks ago. Arsene Wenger apparently tabled around an £8 Million bid but the Lyon club president rejected it straight away.
Grenier has only one year on his contract and Lyon will have to be careful in this deal or they could face losing one of their best players for nothing. Arsenal are expected to come back with another bid in the coming days, according to the rumour.
Another Arsenal target looks set to give Arsene Wenger the slip, leaving the Gunners with a grand total of zero new players so far. The fixture list is out and the clock is ticking, so your average Arsenal fan is starting to feel a build up of tension that could lead to outbreaks of rage and hysteria if someone does not sign for the club soon.
Arsenal fans and Wenger may not be too disappointed at missing out on Clement Grenier from Lyon, and it may only be for a year as he is set to continue his football progression with his current club by signing a one year contract extension, according to L’Equipe.
One has to decide whether to come to Arsenal, while the other has to decide which, if any, club to leave Arsenal for, and both decisions are expected in the next couple of weeks. Nicklas Bendtner could be set to finally give up his Arsenal wages and move to a club where he will get to play regularly, while Grenier will discover the answer to a few questions from his current club before deciding what to do with his future.
Grenier deal gone cold! by Ash
Clement Grenier was a player touted to join the Gunners after interest from Arsenal was made publically aware. This was then further heightened by Grenier’s quotes on Arsenal and saying how he had “made his decision” and it “may be Arsenal”.
These quotes and several YouTube videos later a lot of Arsenal fans seemed to be excited about the possible signing of Grenier and suddenly everyone seemed to want a player that before the rumour came, people probably hadn’t even heard off. I believe the excitement was more over the fact Arsenal was set to make their first summer signing rather than the player himself but like with many transfer stories at this time, the excitement was short lived and the rumours have now gone cold.