Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has reportedly attracted interest from Arsenal as they look to add to their midfield options

Lyon star Bruno Guimaraes has played down talk of a transfer to Arsenal.

The Brazilian midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium over the last few months and was reportedly seen as a Granit Xhaka replacement over the summer.


 
However, Xhaka eventually stayed in north London, meaning the Gunners opted to turn their attention elsewhere and Guimaraes stayed in France, although that hasn't stopped reports naming the 24-year-old as a potential target for head coach Mikel Arteta.

Arteta's side are currently extremely short in the middle of the park, with Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey both currently at the Africa Cup of Nations, whilst Ainsley Maitland-Niles was allowed to leave the club, joining Serie A side AS Roma on loan until the end of the current campaign.

Guimaraes has been in imperious form for the Ligue 1 outfit this term and football.london understands that any deal involving the Brazilian and a Premier League club is likely to see Kia Joorabchian involved as an intermediary.

Now, the talented midfielder has admitted that he doesn't concern himself too much with transfer talk, claiming that he lets his agent manage discussions instead when asked about interest from the north London side.

Speaking to Globo Esporte, via GFFN, Guimaraes said: “It’s normal to be mentioned like this when you are an Olympic champion, have been called up for the national team and are performing well individually.


 
"But I don’t really like to think about it. I let my agent manage that.”

The deep-lying playmaker was also asked about his current contract with Les Gones, which is set to expire in 2024, admitting that it is something that could be discussed in the future.

“There has been a change in management. We talked about it briefly when [former sporting director] Juninho was at the club. When the time comes, we’ll talk about it again.

"The focus now is to move up the rankings and put Lyon in the correct position.”