Arsenal plot move for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier; Transfer Inevitable

Tamojit Chakraborty / 13 November 2014

With over a month and a half left for the upcoming January transfer window, the rumour mill seems to have gone crazy with a plethora of European talents linked with a move to the enticing Premier League. Arsenal are one such club who appears to go all out in the winter transfer market to strengthen their side in the quest of any silverware this season.  One such player with whom the Gunners have been linked is Lyon’s Clement Grenier. It’s sad that the Lyon haven’t been able to replicate the form which saw them win seven French titles in the early 2000’s but the situation is understandable. Paris St Germain and AS Monaco have risen thanks to their financial prowess while Marseille are also doing well currently.

Amidst all of these Lyon could have to part with their attacking midfielder Clement Grenier in January. The  central attacking midfielder could leave the Stade de Gerland and his possible destination seems to be the Premier League according to reports in French Media Outlet Le 10 Sport. The North London side will however face competition from Serie A sides Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus who are also interested in the player. Fellow Premier league side Newcastle United have also asked about the availability of Grenier. The 23 year old however sustained an injury which made sure that he missed the World Cup in Brazil earlier this year.

Grenier had earlier snubbed interest from Arsenal in 2009 when Arsene Wenger almost signed him, but with fresh reports emerging, this time it would be tough to reject the proposal of switching loyalties. Grenier is one of Lyon’s fantastic youth products and would love to take the next big step in his professional career.

A move to Arsenal would also suit him. The Gunners have failed to get the best out of Mesut Ozil ever since the German arrived from Real Madrid last summer and there are suggestions that the World Cup winner might leave the club. This would fall perfectly into Grenier’s scheme of things. He thrives as a number ten, building attacks and providing brilliant layoffs to the lone striker up front. At Atsenal too he will have a plethora of midfield talent beside him and it would help him to match the expectations playing for such a big club.

Grenier’s agent Frederic Guerra also hinted that Premier League sides are after his client. Guerra said that Grenier could also make the move in January, “Before his injury, he was followed by a number of clubs who now have to look for other tracks. They will likely ask about the injury of Clement and therefore might consider returning to the charge in January. He still has a month of convalescence. I know he is always followed by Premier League clubs.”


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