The summer transfer window closed just a month ago but with January 1 less than eight weeks away, plans will already be formulated for how clubs should navigate a notoriously difficult period to sign players.
Arsenal’s transfer activity was largely dominated by their search for a centre midfielder and on October deadline day they got their man with the £45m arrival of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
The Ghana international signed following a protracted pursuit which also involved Lyon’s Houssem Aouar who may or may not have been the priority purchase for the Gunners only for the Ligue 1 side to dig their heels in over his £54m valuation.
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However, just because Partey has signed doesn’t mean any potential deal for Aoura is dead with the France international a different kind of midfielder in his creativity, passing and craft around the penalty area.
Indeed, this week Ian Wright urged his former club to return for Aouar to partner Partey as Mikel Arteta continues his reshaping of the Arsenal team and midfield.
With clubs reticent to let top talent leave halfway through a season, and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas a notorious negotiator, the role of his agents will be central to determining where the Frenchman will be plying his trade after January.
The 22-year old is currently represented by US-based player agency Wasserman, with different agents negotiating his most recent contract extension at the Groupama Stadium in 2018, and his potential exit in recent months.
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