Gunners fail to land £16 millon Brazil star

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Arsenal target Michel Bastos will not be moving to the Premier League after Lyon issued a hands-off warning to potential suitors.

The Brazilian full-back had reportedly been on Arsene Wenger's radar, and there were suggestions that the Gunners boss was prepared to table a £16 million offer for the defender.

However, his French employers have moved to quash any rumours that Bastos would be leaving the Stade de Gerland this summer.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Olympique Lyonnais wish to clarify that the Brazilian international Michel Bastos will remain at the club and that there is therefore no question of any possible transfer, contrary to certain rumours.

"OL and coach Claude Puel rejoice in his performances which allowed him to contribute to the good results of the club in his first season at Lyon and to integrate the Brazilian national team with who he played in the quarter finals of the last World Cup.

"Michel Bastos is one of the key players on which OL intend to rely especially to have a great season, as much in the French competitions as in the Champions League."

Real Madrid and Juventus have also been linked with moves for the 27-year-old World Cup star.

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