Arsenal are still yet to agree a transfer fee with Lyon for Houssem Aouar – but the player’s personal terms are “not an issue”.
The Gunners are keen to sign Aouar before next week’s transfer deadline, with reports suggesting they have tabled an opening £32million offer.
That falls way below Lyon’s asking price, nevertheless, as the French club are looking to receive £54million for their star midfielder this summer.
On Saturday, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed Arsenal are nowhere near their valuation for Aouar, meaning he expects the player to stay put at the Groupama Stadium.
Arsenal are locked in talks over a potential deal for Houssem Aouar
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Responding to an article claiming Aouar had chosen to join Arsenal, Aulas wrote on Twitter: “@OL there will be very few departures: for Houssem Arsenal is much too far from his value: we count on him to make a big game in Lorient and lead OL in CL next year.”
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano insists Arsenal are no closer to striking an agreement with Lyon, however Aouar has set his sights on joining them.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed the Gunners are nowhere near their £54million valuation
Romano posted on Twitter: “Today’s sentences by president Aulas confirm the situation about Aouar… nothing has changed now or yesterday.
“He’s the first target – Aouar would like to join #AFC, personal terms not an issue
“NO agreement with OL at the moment – Deal still on but Aulas wants €60m [£54m]”.
But Aouar reportedly wants to join the club, meaning personal terms will not be an issue
Arsenal appear unlikely to reach an agreement with Lyon, given they have already struggled to complete a £45million deal for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey in the summer window.
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