Arsenal remain interested in Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, but they may need to get creative in the transfer market this summer if they’re to get their hands on the highly-rated playmaker.
It’s been confirmed that the Gunners floated the idea of selling Matteo Guendouzi, who was frozen out of the first-team picture by Mikel Arteta towards the end of last season, as part of a potential deal with Lyon.
However, Lyon stated that they’re uninterested in a player of the Frenchman’s profileand have rejected the idea outright. But that’s not to say that Arsenal don’t have other assets that they could offer the Ligue 1 club in pursuit of their top target.
Here are five players that Arsenal could look to offer as part of a potential deal for Aouar.
As cited in the Metro, Lyon could hold out for a fee of around £55.5million, which Arsenal may struggle to pay unless they offload some of their current players.
Asked about the futures of both Aouar after Lyon’s loss to Montpellier, Lyon sporting director Juninho told Telefoot Chaine: “For now, there is nothing for these players.
“We have not received anything for Houssem, we have not received anything for Memphis [Depay.]”
Arsenal will reportedly aim to complete a £85million double transfer swoop for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid before the end of the transfer window next month.
Lyon claim that they have yet to receive a bid for Houssem Aouar, but the midfielder wants to seal a move to Arsenal before the transfer window closes on October 5.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with both players in recent months, and according to a report by the Daily Express, Mikel Arteta is keen to add more new faces to his squad before the October 5 deadline.
Negotiations for Atletico Madrid star Partey were rumoured to have stalled earlier this month, over the La Liga giants’ refusal to accept any offers below his £45million release clause in the Spanish capital.