Wenger eyes Rennes starlet
By Graeme Bailey & Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal are being tipped to make a fresh move on the French market.
Arsenal are being tipped to make a fresh move on the French market with Rennes forward Yoann Gourcuff the latest bright young thing to come under Arsene Wenger's gaze.
The Gunners have former star Gilles Grimandi scouring Le Championnat and its lower leagues for burgeoning talent and he has now spotted Gourcuff.
Grimandi, who played a major role in Arsenal's swoop for Abou Diaby from Auxerre in January, is understood to be taking a keen interest in French Under-21 ace and he watched him in action against Toulouse at the weekend.
The right-sided 19-year-old is already attracting attention from Ligue 1 giants Monaco and has even been shown around the facilities at the Stade Louis II, while Milan and Juventus have also been alerted to his progress.
The rival interest, though, is unlikely to deter Wenger who is the master at raiding his homeland - with Emmanuel Adebayor another arrival from across The Channel at the beginning of the year.
Gourcuff has come through the youth ranks at The Stade de la Route-de-Lorient and made his first team bow in 2004.
His major breakthrough has come this season as has started 24 games and bagged six goals.