Arsenal target another French international star

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for French international midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.

The Bordeaux midfielder has impressed at the Stade Chaban-Delmas this season despite les Girondins finishing the campaign in a disappointing sixth, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has set his sights on Gourcuff as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas should he leave for Barcelona.

Gourcuff started his senior career as a teenager at Rennes, making his debut in 2004 before moving to AC Milan for a fee in the region of €3.5 million in 2006.

After failing to make a significant impact with the Rossoneri, he came back to Ligue 1 on a season long loan with Bordeaux. It proved to be a great move for the French side, with Gourcuff earning the league's Young Player of the Year award during an impressive 2008-09 campaign that saw the club take the title.

Bordeaux paid the minimum fee release clause in the loan contract drawn up with the San Siro club last summer, with a fee in the region of €14 million spent on keeping Gourcuff in France.

Some fine Champions League displays have followed this term, with Gourcuff playing his part in Bordeaux's run to the quarter-finals before bowing out against Lyon.

At international level, Gourcuff has made 14 appearances for Les Bleus since making his debut in 2008. A regular for France during World Cup qualifying, the midfielder is expected to play a key part in France's South African efforts.

After completing the deal for former Bordeaux star Marouane Chamakh on Friday, Wenger has made his transfer intentions clear as he looks to build a title-challenging side this term.

The Sunday Express reports that the Gunners boss hopes Chamakh can lure Gourcuff to the Emirates, with the north London club hoping to add one of France's 'golden boys' to the ranks.

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