Arsenal 'use Matteo Guendouzi in bid for Lyon's Houssem Aouar'
Houssem Aouar wanted by Arsenal with Premier League side already ‘offering cash-plus Matteo Guendouzi deal’ to Lyon for Champions League star… but Champions League semi-finalists are holding out for offer of £54m
- Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his midfield options at Arsenal for next season
- The Gunners are keen on Lyon’s 22-year-old midfielder Houssem Aouar
- Arsenal have offered Matteo Guendouzi as part of a bid, say reports in France
- Guendouzi has not played since March but Lyon want £54million offer for Aouar
Arsenal have offered midfielder Matteo Guendouzi as part of their bid to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar this summer, according to reports.
The Lyon man has been linked with several European giants this summer, including Juventus and Manchester City, having helped the Ligue 1 side to reach the Champions League semi-finals this term.
Aouar put in stellar performances in Lyon’s epic run to the last-four but could do little to stop Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, who ran out 3-0 winners in Lisbon.
Arsenal have made a player-plus-cash offer for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, say reports
The Gunners are believed to have offered Matteo Guendouzi (above) as part of the Aouar deal
But according to L’Equipe, Aouar has caught the eye of Arsenal this summer, with the Gunners prepared to offer French midfielder Guendouzi in negotiations.
The report says the north London side are the only club to have made an approach for Aouar so far, despite interest from Juventus.
But Lyon are holding out for £54million for their star man, meaning Arsenal will need to raise their cash part of the offer if they want to get their man.
Aouar was a key player in the Lyon side that reached this year’s Champions League semi-finals
Guendouzi has been frozen out by Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta after a reported combination of disappointing performances and poor attitude levels in training this season.
The 21-year-old has not featured for the Gunners since March 14 when he struck Brighton striker Neal Maupay after a 2-1 defeat on the south coast.
Along with Mesut Ozil, Guendouzi has not featured in any of Arsenal matchday squads since the Brighton loss, with raw youngster Matt Smith even picked ahead of the Frenchman on the substitutes’ bench.
Without Guendouzi’s help, Arsenal managed to achieve an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League and won the FA Cup Final against Chelsea in August.
Guendouzi has not featured for Arsenal since being in an altercation with Neal Maupay (right)
Aouar, meanwhile, came through the youth ranks at Lyon before breaking into the first-team in 2016.
Since then, the 22-year-old has made 137 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, scoring 24 goals.
Last season, the Frenchman scored nine goals and registered ten assists in all competitions for Lyon, with club sporting director Juninho admitting the player may well be sold this summer.
Aouar came through the ranks at Lyon and captained them in the Champions League last four
Juninho told RMC Sport last week: ‘Houssem Aouar? When you have great players in the squad, it is quite logical that other bigger teams with greater economic power come to seek the players.
‘There is a risk of losing important players. If we lose important players, I have already spoken with the president, we will have the right to balance the workforce.’
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