There’s certainly something happening with Clement Grenier at Lyon, because after missing training yesterday and on Friday, Clement has now been left out of the Lyon squad for their Europa League 3rd round qualifying first leg game against Czech Republic side Mlada Boleslav, scheduled for Thursday night.
Clement Grenier – out of Lyon squad for Europa League qualifier
Arsenal, AC Milan, Newcastle, Everton and Southampton are reported to be interested in signing the player, who has been told he can now leave Lyon this summer, as long as his French club gets a decent fee for him.
If a player is in serious negotiations to be transferred, his club usually leaves him out of upcoming games, as happened with Yohan Cabaye in January, when he was surprisingly withdrawn from the Newcastle squad that played on 28th January t Norwich, and that was after Yohan had scored two great goals in the 3-1 win at West Ham 10 days previously.
This is what Lyon boss Hubert Fournier has said today – that Lyon have yet to receive a suitable offer for Grenier from any club:
“We cannot talk about compensating for his potential departure. Due to his talent, we will not find somebody on the market to replace him because of our financial means.¨
“We will adapt appropriately if he leaves. For the moment, we have not had any satisfying offers.¨ “There have been propositions because he is a quality player who is wanted a lot around the world.¨
¨But they were not perceived to be adequate by the club.” “Also, they were not what Clement wanted in terms of footballing level.”
Reports in France say he has not trained since last Friday so we can only assume one or more clubs are in serious negotiations for his transfer, and since Newcastle were interested in the player last January as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye, we hope the Magpies are int here trying to do a deal.
But it could be we have put in an offer but Clement doesn’t want to come to Tyneside, because he has been consistent this summer in saying he only wants to join a club who are in the Champions League.
And of the clubs said to be interested in him, only Arsenal can offer him Champions League football next season, and their interest may have cooled.
AC Milan had a bad time of last year in the Italian League and finished down in 8th place.
Stay tuned ….
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