Clement Grenier
Lyon are putting up a fight for Clement Grenier, despite interest from Arsenal.

Lyon are confident that Clement Grenier will stay at the club beyond the summer despite strong interest from Arsenal in the playmaker.

Grenier has long been on the Gunners' radar and manager Arsene Wenger confirmed his interest in the young star by comparing him to former Arsenal man Samir Nasri.

Grenier insisted that he would make a decision after returning from international duty, but has said that there are questions which have so far gone unanswered from Lyon over his future as his current contract enters it's final year.

But after returning to France, club president Jean-Michel Aulas claims that the playmaker is not bound for Arsenal, but is instead willing to sign a new deal with his current club.

"Grenier will be here next year, we're looking at a one-year extension, perhaps more," Aulas told L'Equipe.

One sticking point for Grenier will be receiving playing time next season as he aims to receive selection for the France's World Cup campaign in Brazil, after receiving his debut for the senior side in May.

Arsenal are well known for their activity in the French market and Wenger is believed to be ready to spend a lot more than in recent transfer windows as he looks to bolster the squad.

Grenier suits the manager's leanings toward younger players full of potential and his performances for Lyon last season - where he scored seven goals in 33 appearances - have shown he could have what it takes to make a successful move across the continent.

Wenger has reportedly already offered Lyon £6m for the star, but the French club are clearly hoping they will be able to keep him for another season as they prepare for a Champions League campaign as well as needing to compete with Ligue 1 newcomers Monaco.