Bayern join Arsenal and Chelsea in race for French star  

Friday, 13 February 2009

Bayern Munich look set to rival Arsenal and Chelsea for highly-rated French international Yoann Gourcuff. The 22-year-old is contracted to AC Milan but is currently playing on loan with French side Bordeaux where he has taken Ligue 1 by storm.

Valued at €15m by the San Siro giants the midfielder is expected to leave the Rosonerri in the summer and a battle for his signature between Europe’s powerhouses looks set to commence. Despite having a first option on the player, Bordeaux are unlikely to be able to afford Gourcuff leaving the door open for Barcelona’s Guardiola, Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger and Chelsea-owner Roman Abramovich to all prepare bids.

Italian website Tuttomercatoweb now report that German side Bayern Munich could make a move for the Frenchman as a potential replacement for compatriot Franck Ribery. The report claims that FC Hollywood even sent scouts to watch Gourcuff in Wednesday night’s international friendly match in Marseille against Argentina.

Ribery, who plays alongside Gourcuff for France, is expected to leave the Allianz Arena in the summer with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City expected to make approaches.


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