Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal after Arsene Wenger admitted his interest in the player, even comparing him to former star Samir Nasri.
Wenger told French programme Telefoot: "We are following him. His intelligence of play pleases me. He has interesting qualities. He reminds me of Nasri."
Grenier is out of contract at the end of next season and Wenger is hoping to persuade Lyon to cash in on the player now.
Reports suggest Arsenal have had a £6m bid rejected for the Lyon midfielder. But the Gunners are expected to come back with an improved offer.
Le Parisien reported that the bid included a 25 per cent sell-on clause and the potential for the two clubs to establish a partnership.
Lyon, however, are still hoping Grenier will sign a new bumper contract. The French club's president Jean-Michel Aulas is a notoriously tough negotiator and will not let the talented midfielder go easily or cheaply.
Grenier is perhaps best known for his ability from free-kicks, being compared to former Lyon hero Juninho.
He plays in a similar positions to Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky, so would have a tough ask getting into the starting line-up.
While adding Grenier to the squad would bring a lot of quality, there are other areas that are in much greater need of strengthening including upfront and in midfielders.
A future bid may reflect this as Wenger will be reluctant to bid much higher, knowing funds are needed to attract top targets Gonzalo Higuain and Marouane Fellaini.
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