Abidal keen on Gunners
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon defender Eric Abidal has his eye on a move to either Arsenal or Barcelona.
Eric Abidal has his eye on a move to either Arsenal or Barcelona but does not want to go to Italy because of racism, according to his agent.
The French international defender is considering his future and has told his representative, David Venditelli, that he fancies England or Spain as his next destination.
Despite being under contract with Lyon until 2009, Abidal's buy-out clause is set at é¼15million (£10.2million) and several clubs are thought to be preparing a summer bid, with Barca having expressed tentative interest.
"We have looked for teams in Italy, like Roma," the player's agent told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"But Eric does not want to go to Italy because he feels that there is too much racism in the game there.
"He would prefer to move to Spain or England.
"In his future, Barcelona are first choice and then Arsenal. Liverpool are also very keen, but Eric has other ideas."
Venditelli has revealed that the left-back was keen on a move to Serie A, but after allegedly being racially abused by Daniele De Rossi he has had second thoughts.
"De Rossi did apologise afterwards, but those insults have made Abidal change his ideas about going to Italy."