Napoli a 'possible' destination for Arsenal target

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Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their reported pursuit of Maxime Gonalons, after the Lyon midfielder's agent revealed that he could sign for Napoli, reports talkSPORT.

The 24-year-old France international was heavily linked with a move away from Stade de Gerland during the summer, and question marks remain over his future, following a poor start to the Ligue 1 campaign by Rémi Garde's side.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of Gonalons, and was believed to be interested in bringing the player to the Emirates Stadium before the start of the 2013/14 season.

However, Arsenal's hopes of signing the Lyon star have suffered a setback, following Frederic Guerra's latest comments, suggesting Napoli boss Rafa Benitez will rival the north London club for his signature.

"Interest of Napoli? This summer I met [Napoli sporting director] Riccardo Bigon a couple of times to talk about Gonalons but then nothing more," he told Radio CRC.

"The transfer of Gonalons to the blue shirt of Napoli is possible. Benitez already wanted Gonalons during his time as coach of Liverpool."

Lyon are currently in 14th place in the French table, with 11 points from nine games, and will need to make a significant improvement if they have any hope of retaining Gonalons's services beyond the January transfer window.

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