Arsenal will reportedly offer out-of-favour forward Gervinho to Olympique Lyonnais, as part of their bid for Les Gones' playmaker Clement Grenier. The Mirror believes the Ivory Coast international could be part of the £8m package for the French youth international.
The 22-year-old has impressed in Ligue 1 this season, with seven goals and six assists from 28 appearances. The Gunners are keen on the midfielder, with Arsene Wenger having already admitted his interest.
Lyon are known to be interested in Gervinho, with the French club having approached the Premier League side over the possibility of a season-long loan move, according to the Metro.
Gervinho, who joined the Gunners from Lille in a £10.8m move two years ago, has not yet managed to establish himself in the north London outfit's starting line-up. The 26-year-old has five goals and three assists from 18 Premier League games this season. He has expressed a desire to stay at Arsenal but it is understood that the club will now listen to suitors.
However, a deal for Grenier will not be easy. Lyon coach Rémi Garde has already stressed that neither the Frenchman nor his midfield compatriot Maxime Gonalons (whom the Mail Online links with a £10m switch to the Emirates) will be sold in the summer.
"There are stories about some players leaving the club. Am I keen to accept the transfer of Gonalons and Grenier? No, because they are exactly in our project and I want to build the team around them," Garde said.
"If Grenier achieved such a level it is because he has worked so hard. We have been much more demanding with him like all our young players. But he convinced everyone, he did everything to be at the core of our project in the coming years," Garde added.
The 47-year-old former international, who actually spent three seasons with the Gunners as a player, may be relieved, though, to learn Arsenal have reportedly triggered the £22m release clause in Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini's contract. The Belgian international will add considerable steel and quality to Wenger's central midfield options, meaning a bid for Gonalons might not happen. Grenier, though, remains a possible target.