Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff has been the subject of considerable interest despite his recent struggles, says agent Didier Poulmaire.
Gourcuff, 28, has endured a frustrating time since arriving at the Stade Gerland from Bordeaux in August 2010 for €22 million, with form and fitness issues preventing him from showcasing the skills which once saw him draw comparisons to compatriot Zinedine Zidane.
The France international is out of contract in the summer and, having made just seven starts in 14 Ligue 1 appearances this season, looks all but set to head for pastures new.
Nevertheless, agent Didier Poulmaire insists his client won’t be short of options to consider come the end of the season, claiming that Manchester City have been in contact in the past, while adding that both Liverpool and Atletico Madrid enquired about his services in recent transfer windows.
"Every year many foreign clubs ring the bell for him: Manchester City in the past, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool in the last year for example,” he said.
“The big clubs follow him forever, know his talent and I am sure that in the next transfer window there will be big clubs that show interest in him.”
Gourcuff, who has won 31 France caps since his 2008 debut, has also been a long-time target for Arsenal, per the Daily Mail, with Arsene Wenger reported to have considered a bid in the summer.
His reputation has taken a considerable hit since being touted as the national team’s future number 10 during his unsuccessful spell at AC Milan between 2006 and 2008 but, with Steven Gerrard set to depart Liverpool, perhaps he could be a cheap reclamation project for manager Brendan Rodgers to consider.