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Grenier hints at Arsenal move; Mbokani rejects Dynamo Kiev offer

Olympique Lyonnais attacking midfielder Clement Grenier has poured fuel on speculation linking him with a summer move to Arsenal.

Olympique Lyonnais attacking midfielder Clement Grenier has poured fuel on speculation linking him with a summer move to Arsenal, Sky Sports understands.

Grenier, 22, claims to know which club he will join this summer, insisting “it could well be” Arsenal.

The in-form France youth international has been the subject of reported interest from Arsenal in recent times, with Italian champions Juventus and Liverpool also rumoured to be monitoring the 22-year-old’s situation at the Stade de Gerland.

Lyon, who claimed third-place in Ligue 1 last season, are not looking to part ways with Grenier, but a reasonable offer could tempt the Les Gones into selling one of their prized assets.

“I have more or less made a decision about which club I want to join,” said Grenier.

“I have made the choice for sporting reasons above all. Arsenal? It could well be them.

“There would be competition for places, but you get that at all big clubs and it does not stop me making my decision.

“I am still young, but I have always set myself targets and I do everything possible to exceed them.”

Grenier was called-up to the France senior squad by Didier Deschamps ahead of Les Bleus’ international friendlies against Uruguay and Brazil, and could make his debut amid doubts over the fitness of Samir Nasri, according to the Fédération française de football (FFF).

The 22-year-old starlet bagged seven goals and eight assists in 33 appearances in all competitions for Olympique Lyonnais last season.

Mbokani rejects Dynamo Kiev offer

R.S.C. Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani has rejected a move to Ukrainian Premier League side FC Dynamo Kiev in hopes of securing a summer move to the English Premier League, Sky Sports reports.

Mbokani, who is currently valued at around €20 million by Anderlecht, is reportedly attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including West Bromwich Albion.

Earlier this week, former Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku, who spent last season on loan at West Brom from parent club Chelsea, told Mbokani to join the Baggies.

“Dieu has won titles in Belgium, now it’s time for something else,” Lukaku told Sky Sports.

“West Brom is a good club. They can offer him a new challenge.”

Albion would unlikely be able to meet the Jupiler Pro League giants’ €20 million valuation, but a bid in excess of €10 million may convince the Belgian side to part ways with Mbokani.

“I am still an Anderlecht player. I went to Kiev but could not agree anything with the club,” said the DR Congo international.

“They were very kind to me but I can say that I will not play for Dynamo next season. I did not undergo a medical in the Ukraine.

“I said I want to play in England and I can confirm that there is some interest at the moment. Let’s relax and see what happens by the end of June.”

 

Sat 1 June, 2013
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