If the news is to be believed, then Newcastle have had two transfer targets at Lyon all summer – 23 year-old striker Alexandre Lacazette and 23 year-old central midfielder Clement Grenier, and the Tyneside club have been alerted to what Clement has said in the French press today – essentially that he wants to Leave Lyon this summer.
Clement Grenier – wants to leave Lyon
That’s almost the polar opposite of what Alexandre has said this week – that he wants to stay at Lyon for next season, and maybe next summer Newcastle will renew their interest in the promising young French striker.
We’ve always thought that Grenier would be almost the perfect replacement for the departed Yohan Cabaye, and he is certainly a better player than Yohan was at 23 – and Clement made the 23 man squad for the World Cup before a groin injury forced him out.
He’s played for every one of the French youth sides from U16 through U21, and 5 times for the full French side.
This is what Clement has said in France Football:
“I asked at the end of the season, even before we knew the future of the coach, Remi Garde, if it were possible to go to another club to play with more continuity, but I did not say I want to go away at all costs,”
“I simply think that it can be the right time to try a new experience.”
Maybe Clement doesn’t say straight out that he wants to leave Lyon, but that’s a very decent hint that if a good club (like Newcastle?) comes in for him, he would like to take the opportunity this summer.
Newcastle were after Remy Cabella and Clement Grenier in January, after Cabaye was sold to PSG, and we have managed to get Clement on Tyneside for a very decent fee of around £8M.
Arsenal and Southampton are both said to be interested in Grenier, and maybe the Saints will bid (very) high for the Frenchman, after agreeing to pay out £10M for former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster, and £12M for Hull City striker Shane Long – two British players who are ridiculously over-priced.
But the Saints would not particularly be a draw for Clement – but Arsenal would be.
It’s not clear if Arsenal are really interested in Clement Grenier – so there could be a chance in the final 18 days of this transfer window for Newcastle to pull of a coup and get Grenier To Tyneside.
The skillful central midfielder has been at Lyon since he was 11 years old, and he has played 116 times for the French club, with 15 goals and 23 assists.
Clement Grenier would be a stellar signing for Newcastle United.
What do you think?
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