For sale! Three Frenchmen Arsenal could sign

For Sale

Lyon have confirmed they will likely be selling players in the upcoming transfer window.

It has been a long international break for the once dominant Olympique Lyonnais.

The former power club of French football were hammered 5-1 by Montpellier in their last game and sit in a lowly 14th in Ligue 1.

Compared to the super-rich table topping duo of Monaco and PSG, their once routine title triumphs of a decade ago suddenly seem like a lifetime away.

Now their president Jean Marie Aulas has confirmed there will likely be outgoings in January, but not of key players Clement Grenier or Maxime Gonalons.

He told Le Monde: "There may be some sales - he said - but this does not mean that to go away will be the most popular: Clement Grenier, Maxime Gonalons or Alexandre Lacazette."

Playmaker Grenier and defensive midfielder Gonalons were both linked with summer switches to Premier League leaders Arsenal, but chose to remain at the club.

However should Arsene Wenger be alert to possible bargains in a sell-off from the Ligue 1 clubs, how about these three...?

Yoann Gourcuff

The attacking midfielder seemingly forever linked to the Gunners, was arguably the most high profile players in the squad not to be named by Aulas. The 27-year-old has two goals and two assists in four games this season, but has missed the last five through injury.

Yassine Benzia

Benzia is simply put, a sensational young striker. 19-years-old he has four goals in four under-21 games for France this season, a level at which Yaya Sanogo is yet to break his duck. He has one goal and two assists for Lyon's first team in two starts and three substitute appearances this term.

Samuel Umtiti

Umtiti is another talented teenager in Lyon's squad, with the 19-year-old defender starting four of his five league games at centre-back, the other at left-back this season. He scored a corker in last season's Europa League against Spurs, which is well worth a watch.

Would you like Arsenal to pursue any of the trio?

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