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Manchester United have joined the race to sign Arsenal and Napoli target Maxime Gonalons in the summer, according to talkSPORT.
The 25-year-old is currently plying his trade with Ligue 1 outfit Lyon, establishing himself in the club's starting XI since his debut in 2009. United manager David Moyes is not hiding his desire to add quality players to his squad during the summer.
United's reported interest in Gonalons could be seen as part of their plan to find a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick. The England international signed an extension in November last year to remain at Old Trafford till June 2015 with an option to stay for one more year.
However, the Glaswegian is aware that the midfielder is 32 and does not have many years of topflight football left in his legs.
The report also states that the Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger has been keeping a watchful eye over the French midfielder while Napoli, who were strongly linked with a move for Gonalons during the January transfer window, could also renew their interest in the summer.
Last month, the Lyon captain had expressed his desire to pursue his career away from Ligue 1, stating that he was ready to leave Stade Gerland at the end of this season. He also revealed having an agreement with the club's President Jean-Michel Aulas.
"I have always said that I would start and finish the season at Lyon but now my head is clear: I'm ready to leave. I still have things to learn," Gonalons explained.
"It's never a good time to leave my former club but in a career, there are opportunities to be considered. I have a deal with president Aulas. We have agreed to make a decision if all three parties are happy."
United options at the centre of the field currently include Marouane Fellaini, Tom Cleverley and Scottish international Darren Fletcher.
In a bid to bolster his midfield, Moyes is also interested in signing Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich with the German international reportedly willing to make the switch to Old Trafford in the summer.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers too is seeking an ideal long-term replacement for the club's talismanic captain Steven Gerrard, who turns 34 next month.
Gonalons has featured in 30 league matches for Lyon this season, managing two assists so far.