Pep Guardiola agrees with Kevin De Bruyne about Houssem Aouar amid Arsenal transfer interest

The clock is ticking.

Arsenal and their fellow Premier League counterparts now have less than a week to conclude their transfer business, unless they have their sights set on signing a player from the Championship, League One or League Two.

The window will close at 11pm next Monday evening – October 5 – meaning time is quickly running out to get those all important deals over the line.

For the Gunners, who suffered their first defeat of the 2020/21 campaign on Monday evening, going down 3-1 at the hands of Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield, they remain keen on bolstering their squad before the window closes, especially in midfield.

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Despite having re-signed Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan for the second season in succession earlier this month, following his successful stint at the Emirates Stadium last season, Arsenal remain eager to add another central-midfielder to their ranks.

For the vast majority of 2020, Arsenal have been heavily linked with signing Atletico Madrid midfield enforcer Thomas Partey. The Ghanaian international is seen as the ideal candidate to add some much-needed steel and grit to the Gunners’ midfield. However, Atletico’s refusal to budge on a £45million fee, which would trigger the midfielder’s release clause, means a deal for the midfielder has not materialised.

But whilst Partey, if he was to arrive in North London, would add a sense of steel to the midfield, the Gunners still lack a creative influx from the centre of the park. To try and solve that problem, the Gunners are looking to try and sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium over the last few months and the Gunners are now doing all they can to strike a deal with Lyon to secure his signature before the window closes.

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