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.”