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Director confirms transfer talks after Arsenal make £31m offer to sign key target

By on September 9, 2020

Houssem Aouar

According to reports in France via the Daily Mail, Lyon sporting director Juninho has confirmed he’s held talks with Edu about Houssem Aouar but they aren’t interested in taking Matteo Guendouzi as part of any possible deal.

Mikel Arteta is trying to strengthen his midfield options before the transfer window closes next month and Guendouzi is being offered around several clubs after being frozen out of the first team due to disciplinary issues.

Aouar has emerged as a key transfer target in recent weeks after developing into one of the most exciting young talents in France and he provided 9 goals and 10 assists to help Lyon reach the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.

RMC Sport claimed a few days ago that Arsenal formalised their interest in Aouar after offering Lyon £31.4m and a player [widely reported to be Guendouzi] in exchange for the 22-year-old’s signature.

The offer was knocked back and now Lyon sporting director Juninho has confirmed he’s held transfer talks with Arsenal technical director Edu about Aouar – who’s ‘really appreciated’ by Arteta. Juninho also revealed that Guendouzi was discussed but the French outfit rejected the chance to sign him.

Juninho told French radio station Top of the Foot, as per the Daily Mail:

‘I get on very well with Edu, we spoke on the phone. Aouar is really appreciated by Mikel Arteta.

‘Guendouzi was discussed during the call, he is a great player, but he is the wrong profile. We are not interested in that at all, we cut the conversation.’

It would make sense for Arsenal to try and use Guendouzi as bait to land Aouar as he’s not played for the club since March and the hope was Lyon would be tempted to take the French U21 international in a part exchange deal.

However, they aren’t interested so it looks like we’ll have to increase our cash offer if we want to get a deal agreed. In order for that to happen, Arsenal are going to have to raise transfer funds as money is tight at the club right now.

Obviously we’re trying to find a taker for Guendouzi but Arsenal are also reportedly trying to offload Lucas Torreira and a move back to Italy is seemingly on the cards for the Uruguayan international.

If we can sell both players then maybe we’ll have enough money available to get a deal agreed with Lyon for Aouar but there is plenty of work to be done before we can start getting excited.

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6 Comments

  1. Roosevelt S.V. Kortu, Jr.

    September 9, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks for all informations. Continue sending them to me.

  2. Pamela Sandra

    September 10, 2020 at 5:48 am

    Arsenal should sell Martinez and Toreira in order to raise the much needed fund for the transfer and even Belerin plus some of the young prospects to finalize every thing that is needed and for Gouendouz he should wait for next season if we are to get some thing good out of him. The first should be by up grading him again for a season b4 we think of selling him.

  3. Hussein ole salat

    September 10, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Is it must arsenal fc to sell some of their players so the buy another players really as a fan we are demoralised by this tactics look the kind of players whom the club want to sell them in order to generate money.
    Shame on the club .

  4. Gbhbarron

    September 10, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Stan should step in and end the negotiations with an injection of A cash balance to fund Artetas main aquisition. Continue to sell T,G and the other players who are good at their level ,but not what is required for the next level.

  5. Joseph Muteti Kikuvi

    September 10, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Gouendeuz should not be sold,that guy just like former Arsenal pires said he is a worrior,he needs time and now he might change,on the field he is good,Well as a manager,Discipline to players isn’t optional, I understand ,but as a fan too he needs time and experience,let him stay for more one season……

  6. Romeo Richard

    September 10, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    The arsenal board is delaying with the deals in fact those two players partey and auhour be signed as fast as this week if possible

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