Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport has told the Football News Show this morning just how close Arsenal were to convincing Clement Grenier to sign for the club before he signed his contract extension.
‘Liverpool were interested in Clement Grenier but I do not know if they ever bid.’
‘When he (Grenier) signed this contract extension with Lyon he made a big, big reflection for 2 or 3 months.’
‘Arsenal and Arsene Wenger called Clement Grenier, Wenger said to Grenier: ‘you are my priority in terms of recruitment, you are very, very young and you can become a big player.’
‘He stayed in Lyon and accepted the extension. He has stayed on very good terms with Arsene Wenger because Wenger loves Clement Grenier.’
‘Arsene Wenger made an offer for Grenier to Lyon and over 3 months Grenier thought about it.’
‘The offer Arsenal made was no more than €15m.’
‘Aulas said to Clement Grenier if you don’t sign a contract extension I have to accept Arsenal’s offer.’