Arsenal are set to miss out on long-term midfield target Maxime Gonalons, according to reports.
Le 10 Sport cite speculation in Italian publication Tuttosport when claiming that Lyon and Napoli have agreed a €12million fee for the player, with the 24-year-old also set to earn an annual salary of €2million in a five-year deal.
The six-cap French international had previously spoken on the interest of the Serie ‘A’ side, flirting with the idea of a move to Naples.
“For a while I hear there is interest. I know they follow me. It is always flattering to know that big European clubs are following me,” he previously said, according to the paper.
News of a deal being agreed will be a blow to Arsenal, who were linked with a move for the player in the summer and were again mooted as a possible destination for the player last month by TalkSPORT.
The Gunners have made a fine start to the season in England, and sit four points clear at the top of the Premier League table off the back of some impressive performances at the Emirates Stadium.
Manager Arsene Wenger has been heavily linked with a move for a striker in January, with Arsenal light of back-up in the position behind Olivier Giroud.
Despite an embarrassment of riches in midfield, Gonalons could have offered the Gunners something else at the heart of the side, but a move to north London now appears off the cards as Rafa Benitez gets his man.