Arsenal set deadline for Houssem Aouar transfer as Lyon chief provides update

Arsenal have been set a strict deadline by Lyon to complete the signing of Houssem Aouar.

Aouar is Mikel Arteta’s top remaining target ahead of the transfer window closing next Monday – but Lyon want a deal done before then.

The Premier League side have already failed with one bid for the attacking midfielder which Lyon described as “timid”.

That was reported to be around £36million – with the Ligue 1 club wanting closer to £54m.

And now Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has told Arsenal to put their money where their mouth is and make an acceptable offer – by Friday at the latest.

Arsenal have until Friday to come up with an acceptable offer for Houssem Aouar
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The Champions League semi-finalists have signed attacking midfielder Lucas Paquetá from AC Milan – which has given the Gunners hope they can land Aouar, as the two play the same position.

But Lyon are expecting to lose at least two players from their squad, having reportedly accepted a bid for midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide from Hertha Berlin – while forward Memphis Depay has been the subject of interest from Barcelona.

And Aulas says the French club want any player sales done and dusted by the end of Friday so they can concentrate on their Ligue 1 campaign without distraction.

“We can see ourself losing two players in the next two days,” the Lyon chief said in quotes reported by Get French Football News.

Jean Michel Aulas says Lyon are expecting to lose two players before the weekend
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