Italian giants monitoring progress of Arsenal midfield target

After suffering a groin injury at the start of the season, Clement Grenier is close to returning, with Italian and English clubs on the lookout.

It has been a tough summer for Lyon playmaker Clement Grenier. Constantly linked with moves to Arsenal and Newcastle United over the last 12 months, and then injured days before France left for the Brazil World Cup.

The 24-year-old midfielder made a brief return to Lyon’s first-team in the Europa League play-off against Romanian side Astra Giurgiu, but he picked up a further groin injury and hasn’t played a minute since.

According to reports in the French media, Italian giants Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan are all monitoring his progress as he tries to come back from two serious injuries.

Last season Grenier was inspirational as Lyon finished fifth in Ligue 1. He started 25 games in the league and finished with four goals and five assists.

When Remi Garde stepped down as coach of OL, Grenier was supposed to lead this bright young team into the new season, under new coach Hubert Fournier.

However, in Grenier’s absence, the next-generation have stepped in and helped Lyon recover from a slow start to the season. OL now sit sixth and are playing some of the best football in the league.

Grenier had to undergo surgery to help mend his groin injury, that was back in August and the French international could be back by November.

If he can make a successful recovery and win back his place in the Lyon side while also impressing the on-looking scouts, then the admiring looks could return in time for the January transfer window.

With Lyon eliminated from the Europa League before the group stage, Grenier would be able to play for any team in the Champions League or Europa League.

Grenier’s career was on the up until the start of June, injury has put his stop to his rise, but the next 12 months could be very important in his development.

A move before next season is very likely, if he can return to the player that won a spot in the France national team, it is likely that Italian clubs won’t be the only teams that are interested.

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