Lyon are reportedly edging closer to signing a potential replacement for Houssem Aouar.
The Gunners are desperate to add a creative central midfielder before the summer transfer window closes next week, with Aouar the club’s number one target.
An opening bid for the Lyon captain was rejected, but football.londonunderstands Arsenal are preparing a second offer of £36.5million (€40million) with a further £9million in potential add-ons (€10million).
Club president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed that that an offer of £32million (€35million) had been turned down but it is thought Arsenal will not be deterred.
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“There was a timid offer,” Lyon president Aulas told Canal Plus after his club’s 1-1 draw with Lorient on Sunday.
“We felt like either they didn’t consider the fact that this is a player in the French national team. So it was not an offer that was even susceptible to making us consider a sale.”
When asked whether Lyon were looking for €40million or €50million for Aouar, Aulas responded: “It is certainly more than the first number that you mentioned.”
Despite Aulas’ admission that a bid had been rejected, Lyon are reportedly closing on a deal for AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta, as the Ligue 1 side seemingly prepare for Aouar’s possible switch to north London.
According to Sky in Italy reporter Fabrizio Romano, Lyon have reached an agreement with Milan and a deal is ‘almost done’. Romano also claims that Arsenal have promised Aouar’s agent that they are still negotiating a deal and will try to get him.
Paqueta joined Milan in 2019 after impressing at Flamengo with 10 goals in 32 league appearances in final season.
But the Brazilian international has struggled for regular game time at the San Siro, and Lyon could hand him a lifeline, as they look to replace…