Olympique Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier has refused to confirm his future plans. However, the Arsenal and Liverpool target says he has made his decision, which he will reveal soon. The 22-year-old Frenchman scored seven goals and created six more in 28 Ligue 1 appearances this season, helping his side to third place and into the Champions League positions.
"Have I made a decision? Yes. More or less. I keep it for myself as I care for my discussions I have had with the president and the coach," Grenier explained, adding, "I just want to say that I've never had demands. Moreover, either with the club or with my advisers, figures were never mentioned. My choice is a sporting one."
Arsene Wenger has already confirmed interest in the midfielder. Liverpool, meanwhile, have placed a €15m offer for the player, according to French newspapers Le10 Sport and L'Equipe. However, Goal.com reports Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has warned interested clubs Grenier is valued on the same scale as German international Mario Gotze. The Borussia Dortmund player will move to Champions League winners Bayern Munich for a German record €37m.
Aulas' valuation may be a little optimistic though, with Grenier's contract due to expire in 2014. The Gunners may consider themselves favourites to sign the player, given their extensive French connections and the fact they can offer Champions League football (or the chance to qualify for the tournament itself), which the Anfield club cannot.
In any case, Grenier has played down any talk of an ambitious upgrade, claiming both Lyon and Arsenal are clubs at the same level.
"A fight between Arsenal and Lyon for me? Maybe. The competition at Arsenal? There is already that here [at Lyon]. It is the same in all the major clubs and it is not a hindrance in my decision making," he explained.
For now, Grenier is with the French national team, preparing for international friendlies against Uruguay and Brazil, to be played on 5 June and 9 June.