Arsenal dealt blow as Lyon’s Houssem Aouar receives rival approach

The Frenchman could be allowed to leave if his valuation is met (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar have taken a blow after they were made aware of a rival offer from a club offering Champions League football, according to reports.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is still looking to bring in further reinforcements before the summer transfer window shuts in two weeks’ time with a new midfielder high on his agenda.

For a long time Arsenal were linked with Atletico Madrid’s tough-tackling destroyer Thomas Partey, though appeared to have changed tack by targeting creative playmaker Aouar.

Aouar has enjoyed a number of excellent seasons with Lyon (Picture: Getty)

However, a deal has stalled with Arsenal unable to pay Lyon’s massive asking price, while sporting director Juninho rejected their attempts to include Matteo Guendouzi as part of the deal.

Arsenal need to sell players before they can afford Aouar – with Lucas Torreira’s exit potentially providing the funds needed – though now they face another hurdle in their hopes of signing the Frenchman.

According to The Telegraph, Aouar has been contacted by a club in the…