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Arsenal's French midfielder target open to 'interesting' offers

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Arsenal transfer target Yoann Gourcuff looks set to leave Lyon after admitting he's open to listening to 'interesting' offers.

According to ESPN, the France international has been a long-term target for Arsene Wenger, and Lyon's unstable financial situation could lead the Ligue 1 club to offload one of their highest earners this summer.

Gourcuff, a £19m signing from Bordeaux in 2010, currently makes £80,000-a-week. And after a disappointing three years at the club, both Lyon and Gourcuff could be willing to part ways.

"If clubs are interested and interesting, I don't close the door on anything at all," Gourcuff told Ouest France.

"The most important thing is to play, but I have to look at the sporting project, whether they count on me, the means that we're given to succeed, and if they have clear ideas which don't change after a defeat.

"I have a certain idea of football, a philosophy on how to play, I know in which conditions I can flourish and in which I can't.

"That's what counts most, even if the economic aspect also comes into the equation."

Gourcuff has two years remaining on his Lyon contract, but his high wages coupled with the club's financial state - not to mention the fact he's only made 49 appearances in three years - means he could be allowed to move on this summer.

Primarily a playmaker, the Frenchman would add depth to the Arsenal midfield.

With Abou Diaby a constant injury concern and Denilson having been released, the Gunners have Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla to rotate through the three midfield positions.

Gourcuff would be able to play through the middle in the most attacking of these three, or out wide.

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