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Lyon chief: Arsenal and Napoli target Gonalons could stay

The Maxime Gonalons saga has taken another twist as the Napoli and Arsenal target could stay at Lyon, according to the club's president.

It has been widely reported that Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons has agreed a deal with Napoli despite attempts by Arsenal to intervene, but now it seems the midfielder could even stay where he is.

Napoli certainly haven't found it easy to sign defensive midfielder Gonalons, who they first targeted in the January transfer window.

The Partenopei were on the brink of agreeing a deal in the first two weeks of 2014 but it fell through due to the insistence of Lyon coach Remi Garde that his captan stay.

Gonalons appeared certain to quit the club in the summer though after the departure of Garde and Napoli again made advances.

As Napoli reportedly closed in on a deal, Arsenal made their interest known and it was suggested that the Gunners were on the brink of a swoop.

But yesterday Italian newspaper Il Mattino reported that Gonalons was as good as a Napoli player and had given his word to club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis that he was on his way to the Stadio San Paolo.

And yet, it again seems that no deaI is complete as Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas has affirmed Gonalons' dedication to his current club and insists he's happy to keep him.

"Maxime's heart beats for Lyon," Aulas is quoted as saying by Tuttonapoli.net.

"He has attracted the interest of lots of clubs and is one of the players who has been asked after the most.

"I have always said that he could leave at the end of the season because his sale would help us from an economic point of view but I will meet him before he goes on holiday and tell him that his place is here at Lyon if he wants to stay."

It could now be that Napoli focus all their attentions on Barcelona man Javier Mascherano who may also be a target for Liverpool.

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