Maxime Gonalons is also wanted by Napoli and Monaco; but it appears he is going nowhere.
Maxime Gonalons has become one of the most coveted players in Europe this summer after an excellent campaign with Lyon.
The French international captained the side with aplomb this year and that form has seen him a much wanted commodity.
It doesn’t help matters when it is widely reported that his club need to sell in order to balance the books as the prolonged building works on their new stadium continue to drag on.
But the Lyon president is not a man who minces his words and just recently Jean-Michel Aulas declared on Twitter that he planned on ‘never’ selling Maxime.
It has not stopped the teams rolling in with reported interest; Tottenham, Monaco, Arsenal and Napoli being the main culprits.
The Napoli interest in particular has been growing in credence in recent weeks; with some reports even suggesting that the Frenchman had in fact discussed a move with the Rafa Benitez managed side.
The rumours with his departure from Stade Gerland have always been followed by a transfer valuation in the region of €10 million; but now Aulas has made it clear that this is also not true.
‘’Unfortunately, there are several clubs that have made offers for him, with a greater than €15 million. But it is part of our strategy. And to my knowledge, Max wants to stay in Lyon."
So the quote from the new President comes as something of a double whammy. While clearly Lyon are now attempting to price him out of a move he also reaffirms recent reports that for now Gonalons is happy to remain in France.
Arsenal have the budget to afford him but considering their other transfer plans they would have been hoping to keep the price of the player down. He is certainly a player that would benefit the Gunners, adding a little bit more support to their midfield area, which has a certain aura of injury proneness surrounding it.
But it looks as if other targets will now have to be assessed.
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