Report: Arsenal target Gonalons pledges future to Napoli

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Italian newspaper Il Mattino is adamant that Arsenal are wasting their time looking at Maxime Gonalons as he is committed to Napoli.

It was reported last week on Italian TV that Arsenal had tabled a bid of £11m for Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons, but now it appears that Napoli are in pole position to sign him.

Gonalons has been frequently linked with Napoli over the last six months and appeared to be on the verge of joining the club in January, but a deal couldn't be agreed.

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas seemed to have agreed the transfer, but coach Remi Garde reportedly demanded that Gonalons stay put.

The Lyon captain is now as good as certain to leave with Garde, who has announced his departure, and it has been suggested that Arsenal could intervene to bring in a tough holding midfielder.

But, Italian newspaper Il Mattino has no doubts that Gonalons will be playing in a Napoli shirt come the start of next season.

The paper reports that the 25-year-old's move to Napoli is complete and just needs to be made official over the next few days.

Il Mattino reports the fee Napoli have paid as being £11.3m and insists that Gonalons has already given his word to Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis that he will be playing for his team in the 2014-15 campaign.

It is suggested that Napoli will help ease the financial burden of the move for Gonalons by selling off Valon Behrami and Blerim Dzemaili.

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