Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has been frustrated in his initial attempt to bring Lyon’s attacking midfielder, Clement Grenier, to the club.
With just 12 months left on his existing contract it is is expected that the club will let the French international leave, but Wenger and the Arsenal board, will have to make an improved offer if they want the attacking midfielder to be playing at the Emirates next season.
It was the player himself who made the blocked bid public when he told Le Parisien “I know Lyon have rejected an offer from Arsenal. Of course it is flattering that clubs are interested in me. It’s hard for me to talk about my future now because I’m not yet certain of it. I prefer to wait to be 100 percent sure of what is going to happen before I do it.”
In a further interview with RTL he said: “My decision will be made and announced after the meeting. As soon as I’m 100 percent certain, then I can say more about it. Even for me it’s a little complicated. I’m very happy to return to Tignes, to prepare. I know the season will be long. That’s my priority for the moment.”
Grenier moved from his hometown club of FC Annonay to Lyon where he spent his youth career aswell as all of his senior career to date. Whilst playing for Les Gones, he played at every underage level for France from Under 16 to Under 21 football. This season has seen him make the final step and he made his full international debut when called up by Didier Deschamps.
His talent hasn’t gone unnoticed and it’s no surprise that Wenger has taken a keen interest in a player whose creative style of play would suit the style of football he would be playing with the Gunners. The fact that the initial bid was blocked though will not deter Wenger, who has more of a free reign to spend in this transfer market then in recent seasons.
And with Wayne Rooney, Gonzalo Higuain and Julio César all linked with moves to North London, this could be the transfer window were Wenger is given the chance to genuinely strengthen his squad and push for an assault on the league title.
Being the only top four manager to remain since the end of the 2012-13 season, this could be the right time for the Arsenal board to fund big signings, which, along with Wenger’s obvious experience and knowledge, could see a more robust Arsenal side then has been seen in recent years.