Arsenal are deep in negotiations with Lyon for Houssem Aouar (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)
Arsenal are ready to make another bid for Houssem Aouar as negotiations with Lyon continue.
The Gunners have now made the Frenchman their primary midfield target, ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, and are set to increase their last offer of £32m.
The transfer window slams shut on Monday so time is running out for Arsenal to get the deal done for the 22-year-old and price remains the sticking point.
Lyon have lowered their original asking price from €60m (£55m) to €50m (£45.7m), but Arsenal are trying to get the deal done for less than that – a figure which has already put Juventus off the transfer.
The player is keen for the move and the clubs are expected to reach an agreement, but they are not there yet.
‘Arsenal are ready to make another bid, they are negotiating with Lyon, they really want Aouar more than Thomas Partey,’ Fabrizio Romano told Oddschecker.
‘They are still in negotiation with Lyon right now, we have to see but they are trying, more than Juventus.
‘It’s true that Juventus called Lyon, but they were proposing other players for the Aouar…