Lyon drop clear Houssem Aouar to Arsenal transfer hint as Gunners plot improved bid
Lyon have dropped a clear hint that they are preparing to for the departure of Houssem Aouar, after submitting a bid for his potential replacement. President Jean-Michel Aulas has made it clear that the Gunners will have to table significantly more than the £32million offered to Lyon, in order to complete a deal.
“There was a timid offer,” he told Canal+. “We felt like they didn’t consider the fact that this is a player in the French national team.
“So, it was an offer that did not even make us consider making a sale.”
When asked whether it would take €40million (£36m) or €50m (£45m) to conclude a deal for Aouar, Aulas added: “It is certainly more than the first number that you mentioned.”
Arsenal are expected to push hard for the midfielder in the final week of the transfer window and any deal could go down to the wire.
However, Lyon are beginning to up their pursuit of a replacement and what seems to be a major hint that Aouar will leave before October 5.
L’Equipe claim the Champions League semi-finalists have launched a loan offer with £16m option to buy for AC Milan attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
The Brazilian was a former target for Liverpool before his move to the San Siro but he has failed struggled to adapt to life in Italy.
Aouar refused to open up on his future after Lyon’s 1-1 draw with Metz on Sunday. He said: “I will give you an interview after the match but I will not talk about my future.”
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He was then pushed for answers by the interviewer and asked whether he would be keen to move to north London.
The 22-year-old refused to shut down the speculation: “There are contact with clubs, I don’t know yet. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already made it clear that the squad unanimously approve the signing of Aouar.
“Of course, of course, we are in favour of it,” he told French broadcast Canal+. “I’m not going to hide it – even if he’s a Lyon player.”
Arsenal may have to shift more deadwood before upping their offer for Aouar, who first caught Arteta’s eye in the 2018 Champions League group stages against Manchester City.
The player has already reportedly agreed to join Arsenal permitting Juventus and Barcelona do not table a bid.
It’s already been a busy transfer window for Lyon in terms of sales and they could also still lose Memphis Depay to Barcelona.
They have already offloaded Bertrand Traore, Martin Terrier, Amine Gouri, Oumar Solet, Kenny Tete, Marcal and Ciprian Tatrusanu this summer and Aouar could now join that list.
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