By Will Butcher
Arsenal are on red alert after Lyon’s up-and-coming midfielder Corentin Tolisso pulled out of a big money move to Serie A giants Napoli.
The Gunners have been linked with Tolisso all summer, and The Independent reported on Monday that manager Arsene Wenger had missed out on the France under-21 international, with the youngster set to sign a £25m deal with Napoli.
However, as reported in Foot Mercato, Tolisso decided against a move to Napoli. They also report that Tolisso has said that Arsenal is his dream move, and Tolisso saw Napoli as a springboard for a move to the North London side.
The 21-year-old was all set to move to Napoli for £25million after Lyon’s number eight played an integral part in the Ligue 1 side’s campaign, scoring seven goals and adding the same amount in assists in all competitions.
Tolisso is predominantly a box-to-box central-midfielder, but can also play in a deeper role at the base of the midfield and at right-back.
Lyon manager Bruno Genesio used Tolisso 45 times this season, and is under no pressure to sell the midfielder after he signed a deal to keep him at Parc Olympique until 2020.
Wenger isn’t desperate for a central midfielder, but has lost Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, and could be looking to add depth in that role.
Tolisso, who turns 22 on 3 August, is yet to make a senior appearance for the French national team but has appeared at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners have been linked with a move for this 17-year-old Argentinian.