Arsenal are already preparing a second bid for Houssem Aouar after Lyon rejected their opening gambit for the creative midfielder.
Club president Jean-Michel Aulas indicated earlier today that an offer of £32million (€35million) had been rejected but Arsenal will not be deterred. football.london understands the Gunners are ready to increase their offer to £36.5million (€40million) with a further £9million in potential add-ons (€10million).
Aulas’ comments indicated a potential readiness to sell but only for the right price. A tweet from his account said: “For Houssem Arsenal is too far from his value: we are counting on him to play a great match in Lorient and lead OL in CL next year.”
Aouar has previously been valued by Lyon at around £55million but reports on Friday night, when news of Arsenal’s first offer emerged, claimed that the French giants could be forced to lower their price in light of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on football’s finances.
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The star of Lyon’s run to the Champions League, Aouar has been linked with several top European clubs this summer, including Juventus and Manchester City. So far, however, no other club have made a formal offer for his services.
Personal terms for the 22-year-old would not be a problem but Arsenal know from experience that negotiating with Aulas can be a painfully public affair with Lyon announcing a bid they had rejected for Alexandre Lacazette in the summer of 2016.
Lacazette would subsequently move to north London the following year weeks after Aulas had publicly committed to retaining the striker.
A deal for Aouar is certainly not imminent with the Frenchman having been named in Lyon’s squad for their trip to Lorient on Sunday.
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