Jean-Michel Aulas, Lyon president, has claimed that the opening offer of €35 million for their midfielder Houssem Aouar is too low.
With the French international being assumed to be open for a possible move to Emirates Stadium, RMC Sport reported that Arsenal put forward a formal bid for Houssem Aouar on Friday.
However, the offer from the English Premier League outfit would be discarded as it is way below Lyon’s evaluation. Jean-Michel Aulas values its midfielder at €60m million.
Transferts : Houssem Aouar (OL) d’accord avec Arsenal – @OL :il y aura très peu de départs: pour Houssem Arsenal est bcp trop éloigné de sa valeur: on compte sur lui pour faire un grand match à Lorient et mener l’OL en CL l’année prochaine 👍 https://t.co/8SUKIHLcLJ
— Jean-Michel AULAS (@JM_Aulas) September 26, 2020
There will be very few departures. For Houssem, Arsenal are too far from his value.
We are counting on him to play a great game in Lorient and lead Lyon into the Champions League next year. (Via: Sky Sports)
Houssem Aouar who inspired Lyon’s run to the Champions League semi-finals has been linked with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and Chelsea apart from Arsenal in recent months.
The talented French playmaker scored 24 goals and providing 27 assists and graduated to the senior squad at Groupama Stadium back in 2017. He has racked up 139 appearances since then for the club.
having the contract with Lyon till 2023, the poor run of results at the beginning of the new campaign could hurry Aouar’s exit. At the time of writing this, Rudi Garcia’s men have managed to win only one of their opening four fixtures and are now sitting 12th in the French top flight.
Mikel Arteta is attempting to put the final touches to his squad. He has directed a major turnaround in results after coming into the managerial reins at the Emirates Stadium last December.
While Dani Ceballos loan from Real Madrid has extended by a year, Willian, Gabriel, Runar Alex Runarsson, and Cedric Soares have all been brought in on permanent deals.
With just a week left in the ongoing summer transfer window, Arsenal have a task on their hands to wrap up business. They are linked with Thomas Partey but no agreement has been reached. It will be interesting to see with whom Arsenal will end up with on October 5th.