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Arsenal transfer news: Substantial Houssem Aouar bid imminent

Houssem Aouar has caught the attention of Arsenal (Picture: Pool via Getty Images)

Arsenal are expected to make a bid of around £36.5m for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar ‘imminently,’ according to reports in France.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a switch to the Gunners for much of the summer, although no firm offer has been made, as confirmed by Lyon’s sporting director Juninho.

However, that looks set to change, with French television channel Téléfoot Chaine reporting that an offer of around €40m (£36.5m) is expected from the north London club in the very near future.

Lyon are believed to have valued the young talent at closer to £55m, so there is far from a guarantee that they will accept the bid from the Gunners.

The Ligue 1 side will be willing to let Aouar leave for the right price, but are prepared to stand firm if they believe a fair valuation has not been reached.

Juninho told Téléfoot Chaine of the situation: ‘We have not received anything for Houssem, we have not received anything for Memphis [Depay].’

However, the Brazilian has already admitted discussions with Arsenal over Aouar, as they tried to make Matteo Guendouzi part of the…