Arsenal are interested in midfielder Houssem Aouar, and this is no secret as Mikel Arteta tries to rebuild the squad and challenge for the top six this season.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano has now provided an update on the possible transfer and it looks like the deal is going to be a very difficult one for the Gunners to complete.
Romano has recently tweeted that both Arteta and the Emirates Stadium hierarchy see Aouar as a ‘top player’ and are very keen to try and sign him.
The midfielder would welcome a move to the Premier League, but his current club Lyon rejected an offer from the north London side which included Matteo Guendouzi and are now unwilling to accept any sort of swap deal.
The price tag is set at around €60m (£54.96m) and, since the Ligue 1 side rejected Arsenal’s first offer, the Gunners have not gone back with a revised bid.
It is understandable why the 22 year-old Frenchman is seen as a top player by Arsenal as he made 25 appearances in Ligue 1 last season, scoring three goals and setting up two more, via WhoScored, whilst averaging 1.1 tackles, 1.8 shots, one key pass and 2.6 successful dribbles per game. He also featured eight times in the Champions League, scoring one goal and picking up four assists, showing that he can perform well at an elite level.
It would have been ideal if Arsenal could have sorted out a swap deal with out-of-favour Guendouzi, but that may be hard to complete now as the Gunners have already spent some money in this transfer window and Arteta has spoken about the financial struggles at the club. Therefore, they will need to probably sell before they can buy someone like Aouar for such a large amount, so for now, despite his quality, it looks like the deal could take a while to complete.
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