Cash troubles could force Arsenal transfer target sale

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Arsenal transfer target Yoann Gourcuff could be sold in January, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.

The France international has been a long-term target for Arsenal, according to The Metro, and Arsene Wenger has reportedly tracked the Lyon star for the past two years.

And the time could now be right for Arsenal to make their move, with Lyon president Aulas admitting he could be tempted to sell the midfielder if the price is right.

"We're planning to sell two or three players for a total of €30m," Aulas said in The Metro.

"If he [Gourcuff] returns to the highest level and he wants to go, then there could be a transfer."

The 26-year-old spent three years at AC Milan from 2006 to 2009, and the report suggests the Serie 'A' giants would be interested in Gourcuff again if he becomes available in the transfer window.

Gourcuff has 29 caps for France, but didn't have the best of times in Italy, playing only 36 league games across the three years.

The former-Rennes star moved back to France with Bordeaux in 2009, and after one excellent season with the Ligue 1 club moved to Lyon.

But Lyon are currently embroiled in financial difficulties, and Aulas admits he may be forced to sell a couple of his best players.

Arsenal are thought to have promised Wenger money to spend in January, and the Gunners boss could look to move for Gourcuff as he looks to bolster his options at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger has spoken highly of the Frenchman in the past, saying it 'is always tempting for a coach' to sign Gourcuff.

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