Arsenal target is aware of Napoli interest

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Arsenal target Maxime Gonalons has revealed he is aware of interest from Napoli, but won't be allowed to complete a transfer by his current club Lyon, reports Sky Sports.

The 24-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from Stade de Gerland this month, with a host of clubs believed to be keen on acquiring his services.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was understood to be keen on bringing Gonalons to the Emirates Stadium, but it's Napoli who are very much the frontrunners in the chase for the France international's signature.

"Napoli are interested in me and everyone knows it," said Gonalons. "When a major European club wants you, you have to evaluate everything.

"In the next few weeks, we will talk with the president and the coach to find the best solution and see what happens.

"I can't say much more as it is necessary for all three parties to be satisfied."

Meanwhile, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas insists that he is not aware of any interest in the player, and has not received any enquiries from either Arsenal or Napoli.

"There's nothing really to say," he said. "We will have to ask Maxime if he has been contacted by a club. From what I know, I have not been approached by anyone."

Gonalons has made 21 appearances for Lyon in all competitions this season, scoring one goal, and has been a key cog in head coach Remi Garde's first-team for the duration of the 2013/14 campaign.

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