Lyon play down Gourcuff link

Lyon claim there is no substance to the latest round of rumours
linking Yoann Gourcuff with a move to Arsenal.

The France international has endured a tough time at Stade
Gerland, with injuries preventing him from making the desired
impact.

A fresh start has been mooted for some time, and Arsenal are
regularly touted as the ideal club to help Gourcuff get his career
back on track.

Arsene Wenger has admitted to being an admirer of the talented
playmaker in the past, but no deal has been discussed and that
remains the case during the current transfer window.

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas told BeIN Sport: “Arsenal and
Gourcuff? I don’t know about any offers.

“I have never spoken with Arsenal.”

Offer

With Lyon having previously revealed that they would be willing
to part with key men in January in an effort to free up funds,
various other players have attracted interest from afar.

On reports linking Lisandro Lopez with a switch to Serie A
giants Juventus, Aulas said: “There was an offer but it didn’t
match our valuation or the desire of the player. We can forget
about that.”

On speculation suggesting Jimmy Briand could be off to Turkish
side Besiktas, he added: “We have accepted a proposition for
Briand, but all three parties now need to agree.”