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Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas believes Arsenal do not have the funds for Houssem Aouar

Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas believes Arsenal do not have the funds in order to pay for £54m-rated target Houssem Aouar as he tells his star midfielder that ‘it may be best to stay’ in France

  • ‘The best thing would be to stay with us,’ Lyon president tells Houssem Aouar
  • Central midfielder, 22, made 25 appearances for Lyon in Ligue 1 last season
  • Arsenal have already offered Matteo Guendouzi to Lyon in a part exchange
  • French club insist their player will not leave for less than a whopping £54million 

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has taunted Arsenal over their pursuit of midfielder Houssem Aouar, claiming the Gunners lack the financial firepower to do a deal.

Arsenal are desperate to strengthen in central midfield, with Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi both out of favour.

The north London club have made Lyon’s Aouar and Atletico Madrid‘s Thomas Partey their principal targets this summer, but have apparently made little progress, with both clubs setting eye-watering prices for their assets.

Houssem Aouar has been a key target for Arsenal as they…