Arsenal target flirts with idea of Premier League move

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Arsenal target Maxime Gonalons has revealed he is open to the possibility of leaving current side Lyon at the end of the season.

The 25-year-old midfielder was linked with a move to the Gunners in the summer, however Arsenal's move for the Frenchman failed to materialise.

Eight months on and Arsene Wenger has been encouraged to go back in for the defensive midfielder as Gonalons has hinted he would be keen to seal a move away from Ligue 1.

Reports had suggested that Gonalons came close to joining Rafael Benitez's Napoli, however the France international has since denied claims he was inches away from completing a move to Serie A.

He told TMW: "I never rejected Napoli. In that operation, the final word belongs to Aulas.

"The door remains open, however - my agent regularly speaks with [Napoli’s sporting director Riccardo] Bigon."

Wenger will have to beat off competition from former Premier League boss Benitez if he was to make an attempt in enticing Gonalons away from the Stade de Gerland.

Gonalons is said to be an integral member of Rémi Garde's side - having appeared in 29 of Lyon's 31 Ligue 1 games so far this season.

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