Last summer Arsenal were linked with the signature of Lyon youngster Clement Grenier. Grenier has been compared to Samir Nasri in playing style and made his breakthrough last season - featuring in 28 games and netting seven times with nine assists also to his name.
Such was the impressive nature of his 2012-13 campaign he earned himself a call-up to the French national team this year - and he has gone on to make three appearances for Les Bleus.
“I have more or less made a decision about which club I want to join. I have made the choice for sporting reasons above all. Arsenal? It could well be them.”
But no deal ever came together and Grenier went on to sign a two-year extension at the Stade Gerland keeping him with the club until 2016:
"I'm still on a learning curve. I posted six good months late in 2012/13, but I want to carry on for at least one more season at OL because I have a job to finish."
He later stated his real desire behind a contract renewal was to ensure a transfer fee for his current team should he leave - and admitted this week that a move was on the cards in the summer, stating:
"A departure last summer? Initially, I was not against it. Finally, I took my time on thinking what was best for me. Now, I want it to happen better and better with the OL. "
But he has now elaborated on those comments - and it was not just Arsenal who made a move for him in the Premier League this summer.
No it seems that Liverpool were also in touch about a deal.
“Arsenal and Liverpool? There was contact. After that, it remains personal. I am in Lyon, I'm glad to be here for the rest we will see later. My goal is to be as efficient as possible with the OL, to fulfil the objectives of the club as well as my personal goals. For now, I'm focused on Olympique Lyonnais.”
Liverpool were big players in the transfer market this summer and as well as bringing in many a player they also missed out, unfortunately, on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa.
Now it seems you can add Grenier’s name to that list.
image: © Ronnie Macdonald
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