Lyon to make transfer announcement that could be great news for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta

Olympique Lyonnais appear to be preparing for the possible departure of Houssem Aouar.

The highly-rated French midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal as manager Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his options in the engine room before the summer transfer window closes next month.

And in interesting developments, understands an opening bid for the 22-year-old was rejected, but a second offer of £36.5million (€40million) with a further £9million in potential add-ons (€10million) is being prepared.

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“There was a timid offer,” Lyon president Jean-Michel 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.”

It remains to be seen whether or not the prepared second offer will get accepted, but Gunners supporters can expect an update on Wednesday evening as Lyon have reportedly called a press conference.

According to Get French Football News, it is to unveil Lucas Paqueta as their new signing.

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The 23-year-old attacking midfielder joined AC Milan in 2019 after impressing at Flamengo with 10 goals in 32 league appearances in his final season.

But he struggled for regular game time at the San Siro, and has been touted as a direct replacement for Aouar should he seal a move to the Emirates Stadium.

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