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Report: Napoli plan response as Arsenal bid for French midfielder

Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons has been a target for Napoli for months, but Arsenal have tabled the telling bid, according to Italian TV.

Talented defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons has been the subject of a sizeable bid from Arsenal leaving Napoli to prepare a bid of their own, according to reports on Italian TV channel Rai Sport.

The 25-year-old has been named a reserve in Didier Deschamps' France squad for the World Cup, so is unlikely to travel to Brazil and looks set to work out his future sooner rather than later.

Gonalons is Lyon's captain, but he is set to leave Ligue 1 in search of a bigger club and Napoli have been tracking him for some time, failing narrowly to sign him in January.

And that failure could be Arsenal's gain as it has been reported on Italian TV channel Rai Sport's show Zona 11 that the Gunners have put in an offer of just over £11m for Gonalons, a fee that Lyon may be ready to accept.

It has been reported in France that Lyon would like a further £500,000, but that doesn't seem to be an important stumbling block.

The Frenchman has also been linked to Manchester United but it now seems to be a battle between Arsenal and Napoli, if the Italians are ready to compete.

Napoli have serious money to spend this summer and it is being reported in Italy that they won't let Gonalons go without a fight, although sporting director Riccardo Bigon has hinted that they may move on to other targets.

Gonalons has managed some impressive statistics for Lyon this season and for much of the campaign has had a pass accuracy rate of over 85 percent and won more than 60 percent of aerial battles.

Known for his battling style and commitment to the cause, Gonalons is certainly not shy of a challenge and represents a significant physical presence.

Less of a box-to-box player rather than a man to break the game down and launch attacks, Gonalons could be a useful asset for Arsenal and has been compared to Mathieu Flamini but with added height.

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