AC Milan are in pursuit of one-time Newcastle United and Arsenal target Clement Grenier, according to sources in Italy.
It's thought that Clement Grenier’s agent is currently in Milan and the club have enquired about the player's availability during this summer's transfer window. Lyon manager Hubert Fournier has previously admitted that he will not stand in Grenier’s way if he wishes to depart.
Reasoning behind the rumours
The San Siro giants need a new midfielder in time for the start of new season as Riccardo Montolivo will be sidelined for a number of months having sustained a fractured shin-bone in Italy’s pre-World Cup friendly against Ireland in May.
Although he is not the same type of midfielder as Montolivo, it is likely the 23-year-old will play a more central role and Japan international Keisuke Honda will play the more advanced role. New Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi has identified Grenier as the man to bolster his ranks and it is believed Milan have already sounded out Lyon over the playmaker’s availability.
Five-cap France international Grenier, who has scored 11 league goals over the past two seasons, is valued at around £7million and has just under two years left on his existing contract.
Arsenal were heavily linked with him last season, as were Newcastle, but the north east club are unlikely to drop all interest after completing the signing of another Frenchman, Remy Cabella from Ligue 1 side Montpellier.