City set to beat Arsenal to French ace

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Manchester City are set to beat Arsenal in the race to sign French international Yoann Gourcuff, according to reports.

The 24-year-old has a £22 million release clause in his contract at Bordeaux and top European clubs have been queuing up for his signature.

Arsenal and Lyon had been frontrunners for the midfielder, touted as the new Zinedine Zidane, but have been put off by this valuation, according to the Daily Mirror.

Big-spending City are now likely to take advantage of the situation and swoop for Gourcuff as they continue to build their squad for a title challenge next season.

Gourcuff was part of France’s squad which was disgraced at the World Cup in South Africa and received a red card in their loss to the host nation.

He is also part of the same group of players that have been banned from Les Bleus’ next friendly game by new manager Laurent Blanc after exiting the tournament in such a shambolic manner.

Arsenal’s interest seems to have cooled after Barcelona’s bid for Cesc Fabregas went quiet while Lyon are unlikely to be able to afford such a big-money deal.

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