Arsenal can land French star - if the price is right

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Arsenal will be able to secure the services of Yoann Gourcuff if they meet a £22 million buyout clause in his contract.

The French international has been linked with a move away from club side Bordeaux all summer, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger the clear favourite to secure his services.

A product of the Rennes youth system, Gourcuff made his senior debut for the Ligue 1 club in 2003. Three years later, AC Milan would pay close to €3.5 million for his services.

Unable to hold down a consistent place at the San Siro, the 23-year-old went on loan to Bordeaux in 2008 before making a permanent switch in the summer of 2009.

Just one year into his contract, Gourcuff could leave the Stade Chaban Delmas after manager Jean Tigana admitted a bid could leave him unable to prevent his star following Marouane Chamakh out of the exit door.

"Since I arrived, I've said he has a buyout clause of £22 million. If someone comes and buys him, I will not have my say," Tigana told L'Equipe.

"If there is no offer... you know, I like to work with good players, it makes me happy. I'm not going to complain."

The Gunners boss has money to play with this summer as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.

Whilst the north London club are known to be chasing defenders, a move for Gourcuff is thought to hinge on the possible exit of skipper Cesc Fabregas.

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