Manchester United have joined Arsenal in the race for Lyon's combative midfielder Maxime Gonalons and the two Premier League sides could well battle over the Frenchman's signature in the approaching summer transfer window.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been an admirer of Gonalons for a long time now, but has bided his time in swooping for the 25-year-old, opting to sign Mathieu Flamini at the start of the season instead.

However, with Flamini's ageing legs and Mikel Arteta's poor form of late, a new defensive midfielder may be on the cards for Arsenal this summer and no doubt Gonalons will be at the top of their shopping list.

Yet, Manchester United are now also keeping tabs on the French international, with David Moyes keen to bulk up his midfield options for next season.

Gonalons, who has made over 130 appearances for Lyon since his debut back in 2009, is ready for a move away from his native country and will likely leave the club in the summer.

The anchorman was close to a move to Napoli in January, according to talkSPORT, and the Serie A side may well come back for him again in the summer, which could hamper the intentions of the two English sides.