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Houssem Aouar to Arsenal: Contact made with agent, swap deal rejected, transfer fee

There is now less than a month remaining of the transfer window, with less than a week until the Premier League returns.

That means that clubs will be looking to conclude their summer business as quickly as possible to allow any new faces to settle in.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has added two new faces to his Gunners’ squad so far, while one more familiar face has also returned.

Willian arrived on a free transfer, signing a three-year deal after the expiry of his contract at Chelsea.

The Brazilian was joined by compatriot Gabriel Magalhaes, who has come in to bolster defensive options.

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Dani Ceballos as also returned signing on a season long loan from Real Madrid and he could find himself playing alongside a new midfielder this season as Arsenal target Houssem Aouar.

With that in mind, here is a round-up of everything we know so far about the Frenchman’s future and Arsenal’s interest in him.

Arsenal ‘bid’

According to French outlet L’Equipe, Arsenal made an offer of cash plus Matteo Guendouzi for the 22-year-old midfielder last week.

The report claims Arteta is believed to be a big admirer of the player’s talents, and it was director Edu who made the offer verbally over the telephone.

It is also claimed that Lyon rejected the offer as they only want cash for the player and do not feel that they need to add an additional midfielder.

Arsenal have reportedly made a bid for Houssem Aouar
(Image: FRANCK FIFE / various sources / AFP)
Lyon update

Lyon sporting director Juninho confirmed after the club’s Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich that there will be departures this summer.

“The aim now is to continue working, immediately with Ligue 1,” Juninho, whose Lyon will not feature in the 2020-21 Champions League after finishing seventh at the time of Ligue 1 concluding due to the coronavirus pandemic, told RMC Sport.

“There are…