Arsenal transfers: Lyon rule out Maxime Gonalons sale

Arsenal transfers: Lyon say they won't consider selling captain Maxime Gonalons this summer amid interest from the Gunners

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Lyon insist they won’t consider selling their captain Maxime Gonalons this summer amid reported interest from Arsenal.

The 24-year-old has emerged as one of Lyon’s key players over the past two seasons, helping the club win the Coupe de France in 2012.

Gonalons scored four goals in 42 appearances in all competitions last season, attracting interest from Arsenal and Serie A outfit Napoli.

However, Lyon have categorically denied their skipper will be allowed to leave the seven-time Ligue 1 champions during the current transfer window.

“Olympique Lyonnais were very surprised to read in L’Equipe this morning that we would set a transfer figure for Maxime Gonalons and that it would be more than €12m [£10m].

“The club have no intention of parting with our captain and this is a matter of clear strategy, namely the further development of our club around our best young players from the academy of which Maxime Gonalons is one of the best examples.

“The club therefore deny any contact and any negotiations with Napoli and regret any suggestion otherwise, as suggested in this newspaper.”

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