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Arsenal to submit big-money bid for 22-year-old star after agreeing personal terms

By on September 17, 2020

Houssem Aouar

According to reports, Arsenal are to submit a formal £36m offer for Houssem Aouar after already agreeing personal terms with the Lyon playmaker.

Mikel Arteta is trying to overhaul his midfield for the new season and Aouar has been widely touted as a prime target in recent weeks with a number of reports suggesting we’re in for the French U21 international.

It looks like Arsenal are ready to formalise their interest as French outlet Telefoot Chaine, via the Express, claims that Arsenal will test Lyon’s resolve with an opening £36m imminently.

The offer will fall short of Lyon’s reported £54m asking price but L’Equipe claimed recently that Aouar has informed the French outfit that he wants to leave so that should force them to lower their valuation.

Lyon director Juninho has already confirmed he’s held talks with Edu about a possible deal for Aouar so we know the interest is there, but he also said they aren’t up for taking Matteo Guendouzi as part of any deal. Therefore, we’re going to have to stump up the cash if we want to get a deal done.

The Express says Edu has spoken to the 22-year-old’s agent on a number of occasions and journalist Nicolo Schira, via the Daily Star, claims Arsenal have already agreed personal terms with Aouar over a five-year contract.

If true, that’s a huge hurdle out the way and the main stumbling block now is agreeing a fee with Lyon. Obviously that won’t be straightforward but Arsenal’s transfer kitty was boosted with the £20m sale of Emi Martinez yesterday.

We also hope to raise extra funds with the sale of Lucas Torreira, Sokratis, Sead Kolasinac and Matteo Guendouzi so hopefully Arsenal can generate enough money to be able to afford Aouar and perhaps even have enough left over for Thomas Partey as well.

The Mirror says Arteta wants BOTH players and that would make sense if we’re looking to offload Guendouzi and Torreira. If Arsenal could replace Guendouzi and Torreira with Partey and Aouar then I think it would be fantastic business.

Let’s see how things progress but it sounds like it’s going to be a busy few weeks before the window closes on October 5th.

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14 Comments

  1. Princ04

    September 17, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Guenduz is a talent he must stay

    • Fred Mitt

      September 18, 2020 at 5:36 am

      True but T.Partey is a needed quick fix to our middle field solution to ensure top four chances.

      • Henry

        September 18, 2020 at 6:35 am

        I agree.

        We need CDM first

    • JohnnyD

      September 18, 2020 at 5:53 am

      Guendouzi isn’t Arsenal quality. He’s reckless, hotheaded, and undisciplined. I’d send him away in a free if it was an option. But if someone pays for him, even better…

      • Henry

        September 18, 2020 at 6:39 am

        Yes we need to offload Guendouzi but don’t give him such a poor image.
        We saw Ceballos fighting Nketiah on a warm-up, Ozil has had similar abusive moments.

        So as we sell him off, let’s appreciate his capabilities and the little he’s done for the team.

        He can’t be just given away freely

        • Harry

          September 18, 2020 at 6:17 pm

          Agree to your point. We have to show respect for his achievements and contribution

      • Kingsley.

        September 19, 2020 at 8:39 am

        Yes

    • Turyabikiriza Isaac

      September 19, 2020 at 4:24 am

      I agree with you 👏👏👏

    • peter

      September 19, 2020 at 6:06 am

      other teams don’t shout but Arsenal instead of buying players they always talk take an example.liverpool bought two players one day.

      • Ibrahim Maalim

        September 19, 2020 at 9:55 am

        May be you have not checked other teams walls. All fans shout the same way.

  2. Turyabikiriza Isaac

    September 19, 2020 at 4:21 am

    Guendouzi is a young and promising player, in fact for me I think he’s supposed to be groomed and given another chance OR should be put on a season long loan, you never know he may change but P Thomas and Aouar are badly need

  3. Frederick Onyango Orem

    September 19, 2020 at 6:34 am

    For now I think we should look for a diffensive midfielder and creative midfielder

  4. Mageto Wycliffe-Nairobi

    September 19, 2020 at 9:24 am

    If we buy one midfielder we are good to go…Gounduz, Papa, Chembers should go so that we can add to the 20 we got from martinez to fund 1 mid…

  5. Ibrahim Maalim

    September 19, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Ouar I a good player to link in attack. We need a creative and energetic player. Hossem is that player. Partey can come later since we still have Elneny

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