Latest Arsenal transfer rumours: Lyon make Houssem Aouar decision, hurdle in Lucas Torreira deal

Time is running out for Arsenal in their search to land a new midfielder.

Mikel Arteta is desperate to strengthen the middle of the park before the window slams shut on Monday but progress has been slow.

Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey have been targeted by the Gunners but the fee for each of those players appears to be causing a problem.

To help make up the numbers, Arsenal are understood to be keen to offload a number of players with the likes of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi tipped for exits.

Below we run you through all the latest rumours as pressure ramps up ahead of the deadline.

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Lyon set Aouar deadline amid PSG and Juventus interest

Arsenal are reportedly facing late competition to sign Houssem Aouar from Lyon.

The midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to North London for some time now, and various reports have suggested the French club are open to selling the 22-year-old if any side can match their €50million (£45.4million) asking price.

Juventus are said to be keen on the midfielder, but cannot reach Lyon’s asking price.

That leaves Arsenal as the frontrunners to land the France Under-21 international, but L’Equipe (via GFFN ) state that PSG are planning to launch a late raid for Aouar.

PSG predient Al Khelafi has apparently made contact twice this week over a potential move, though FFP regulations could make a transfer tricky.

Aouar is still said to favour a move abroad, and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has apparently set a deadline of Saturday morning for all sales to be concluded.

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