Arsenal are preparing a £17m double raid on Lyon as Arsene Wenger is considering a summer approach to bring the midfield duo of Maxime Gonalons and Clement Grenier to the Emirates, according to Le 10 Sport.
The north London club are looking to strengthen the squad and the Frenchman will be handed a £70m transfer kitty to bring in new players in the summer. The report claims the Ligue 1 club are set to lose their star players at the end of the season as they are trying to raise funds to balance the books.
Arsenal are in a need of defensive midfielder and the north London club have been closely monitoring Gonalons, while in action for Lyon. The Metro claims Arsenal have already opened talks with the French outfit over a possible summer move to the Emirates at the end of the season.
In addition to this, the midfielder has made no secret desire to play in England and a summer move to the north London club could be on the cards.
"If I have to go, it would be abroad. I like the English and the German leagues. They are awesome. When I see the pitch and that type of game, I feel it's a dream," Gonalons said.
Meanwhile, Grenier will have a year left in his contract with the French club and is yet to sign a contract extension with the club. The attacking midfielder is now set to have negotiation with Lyon at the end of the season.
"Now is not a good time to negotiate. Results take priority. Maybe (I am greedy) but no figures have been mentioned. I know what I want but the club don't know. I will ask to receive what I think I am worth. But I don't want to talk about money. In France, money is taboo. There is so much jealousy," Grenier told L'Equipe.
The duo has been an integral part of Lyon's midfield which has now seen them sit third in the table with 63 points 36 games, trailing second place Marseille by seven points. Gonalons and Grenier both fit into Arsenal's transfer policy and should the north London club land the French internationals in the summer, it will bolster their squad for the new season.