France World Cup 2010 flop to stay in Ligue 1...
The ex-AC Milan star had earned rave reviews in Ligue 1 with his thrilling attacking play and this was reported to have brought the interest of the Premier League pair. City are determined to splash the cash to become a force in the game, while the Gunners are expected to turn to the 23-year-old if they lose Barcelona target Cesc Fabregas.
Speaking to L'Equipe, majority shareholder Nicolas de Tavernost insisted the club could turn down a £21 million offer.
"Contrary to what I have heard, we have the means to keep him at the club next season," de Tavernost said.
"He can stay with us. There is no reason for him to leave. Anyway, we will see how he feels after the World Cup."