Arsenal have been quoted a massive €37m for France U21 star Clement Grenier, with Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas claiming he is in the same league as new Bayern Munich acquisition Mario Gotze.
Arsene Wenger admitted his interest in the playmarker over the weekend and compared the 22-year-old to former Gunner Samir Nasri due to his intelligent play, versatility and ‘interesting’ skills.
Grenier has represented France from U16 through to the U21’s and has enjoyed a successful breakthrough season at the Stade Gerland. His performances have led to plenty of interest from other clubs. But he will not come cheap with Lyon valuing him very highly and are determined to keep him through improving his current personal terms.
Club president Aulas said to Canal+ in repsonse to Wenger’s interest:
Clement said to me that he will give priority to Lyon if we qualify for the Champions League. So I prefer [to listen to] what he said, rather than what Arsene Wenger said.
But, we have to make a financial effort to keep him. We will see after the level of our effort [that we have to do].
If Arsene wants to have an idea of Grenier’s price, I will tell him that it is the same as what Bayern Munich paid for Mario Gotze – around 37 million euros.
And qualify for the Champions League they did thanks to another terrific free-kick from Grenier in the Ligue 1 sides 2-0 victory over Rennes (see below).
The Frenchman is certainly making a case for himself with some impressive performances recently, and a goal-scoring attacking midfielder would be a nice addition to the squad, but at €37m? I don’t think so.. Maybe Arsenal can chuck in Gervinho to lessen the transfer fee and you’ve got yourself a deal Lyon!
Here is his latest free-kick:
And another stunner against Nice: