Houssem Aouar prefers to join a Champions League club ahead of Arsenal (AFP via Getty Images)
Houssem Aouar’s preference is to join Manchester City or Juventus ahead of Arsenal, according to reports in France.
The Lyon midfielder has been one of Mikel Arteta’s top targets for the transfer window but the French club have already turned down multiple offers from the Gunners.
Arsenal offered Matteo Guendouzi to Lyon in a swap deal involving Aouar earlier this summer but that approach was rejected by the Ligue 1 side.
Lyon also snubbed an offer of £32 million from Arsenal last week and are looking for a fee closer to £55m.
According to L’Equipe, Aouar is keen to leave Lyon before the end of the transfer window but the midfielder is ‘resigning himself’ to joining Arsenal.
The report claims that the 22-year-old had been holding out for a move to either Manchester City or Juventus, who are both in the Champions League this season.
Lyon have rejected multiple offers from Arsenal for Houssem Aouar (Getty)
However, Arsenal are the only club to have made an official offer so far and L’Equipe report that Lyon need to make €50m (£45.4m) in player sales before…