Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is using his French connections to add to his squad for next season, having qualified for the Champions League on the final day of last season.
As revealad on Sunday, the Gunners boss is targeting 22-year-old Lyon ace Clement Grenier to bolster his midfield and is hopeful of completing a deal this summer.
Grenier was compared to former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri by Wenger and the OL playmaker has had a somewhat meteoric rise in French football over the last two seasons, with six goals and five assists in his last campaign.
The France youth international has gained a reputation for fine set-pieces after his sensational 30-yard free kick against Nice last season earned a vital point for Lyon in their race for a Champions League place.
Making a deal happen could be difficult, however, with the Ligue 1 side's president, Jean-Michel Aulas, warning that it would take a huge amount of money. "We have to make a financial effort to keep him," he told Canal+. "If Arsene wants to have an idea of Grenier's price, I will tell him that it is the same as what Bayern Munich paid for Mario Gotze - around €37 million [£31m]."
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