Top Ligue 1 talent wants Arsenal move so much he'd take pay cut

Olympique Lyonnais midfielder yearns for Gunners move.

Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas has stated that midfielder Yoann Gourcuff is hopeful a summer switch from Ligue Un to Premier League club Arsenal materialises and that the player would even accept a lower wage in order to secure a deal.

'All that I know, if I understood correctly, is that he was ready to lower his salary to go to Arsenal,' said Aulas to L'Equipe.

Gourcuff is currently under the radar as Arsenal are working on wrapping up deals for primary targets Luiz Gustavo of Bayern Munich and Luis Suarez of Liverpool, however, the tall attacker has been a player of interest to Arsene Wenger for quite some time.

Having unimpressed during a three-year spell in Serie A with AC Milan, Gourcuff moved back to France where he reignited his career with a number of dazzling performances, particularly in 2009 with Girondins Bordeaux where he picked up the Player of the Year gong.

An exquisite passer with good balance, Gourcuff is also a set-piece specialist and is an accurate striker of the football from distance.

Lyon, though, were keen to offload the player in the winter transfer window earlier this year in order to relieve their wage bill of £80,000 per week.

Aulas continued: 'I spoke to his lawyer two weeks ago and he asked for the power of attorney to negotiate a transfer. I said no, but I would be keen to offer a non-exclusive power of attorney to see what happens.'

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