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Maxime Gonalons puts Arsenal on alert

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The time could be right for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to act on his long-standing interest in Lyon playmaker Maxime Gonalons.

Reports in France, carried by talkSPORT, claim that Gonalons has admitted that Lyon's financial situation may led to an exit this summer.

Arsenal have been long-term admirers of the French international midfielder, and Wenger may look to capitalise on the financial uncertainty to pick up Gonalons on the cheap.

The 24-year-old midfielder told Le Parisien: "The financial situation here is very difficult. The club is focused on the youth team.

"This is my fifth season here, I agreed with the president to meet at the end of the season to find the best solution.

"If it is the right time for me, the club will then find an agreement to sell."

But Arsenal are not the only club linked with Gonalons. Inter Milan are also keen on the Lyon star, and have money to spend this summer following the takeover by Erick Thohir.

There may be an opportunity to pick up Gonalons at a bargain price, with Lyon looking to meet their financial obligations.

Once powerhouses of Ligue 1 football, Lyon currently find themselves in sixth position in the league and have been forced to rely on talented but inconsistent youngsters as they look to trim the wage bill.

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