Arsenal are very close to signing €50m-rated French playmaker

The London giants have stepped up their chase for Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar after lodging an official offer for the midfielder, who has reportedly agreed to join them. Arsenal have made Aouar one of their main summer transfer targets and are hopeful of securing the signing of one of the most fantastic footballers in the UCL last campaign.

Houssem was part of the Les Gones side that dumped Pep Guardiola’s Man City out of Europe’s most elite contest in the summer and Lyon, who are financially stretched amid the covid pandemic, are set to cash in on him. So far, no club has matched their £54m valuation of the 22-year-old but Gunners are testing Lyon’s resolve with a £32m offer.

U21 France international has agreed on a deal in principle to a move to the London giants after there were no offers placed on the table from the likes of Juventus and Barcelona. And the London giants are now locked in negotiations with the Les Gones in an offer to push the transfer over the line.

Ligue 1 giants president Jean-Michel Aulas is renowned for his tough negotiation skills so there still stays work for Gunners chiefs to do before the window closes on October 5. Aulas is keen to keep the French midfielder at the club and he suggested that the Gunners do not have the funds to complete a deal.

‘Financially, Arsenal is like everyone else,’ said the Lyon president in an interview.  ‘Houssem Aouar can say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.’