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Arsenal’s hopes of signing £46m star given major triple boost

By on October 3, 2020

Houssem Aouar

According to a number of reports, Arsenal have been handed a triple boost in their attempts to sign £46m-rated Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar before the window closes on Monday night.

Mikel Arteta is desperately trying to revamp his midfield options and Aouar has been identified as one of Arsenal’s prime transfer targets along with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.

We’ve been struggling to get a deal agreed with Lyon and ESPN reported recently that Arsenal chiefs were lining-up an improved offer after seeing our opening £32m bid rejected by the French outfit.

TeamTalk suggests that Lyon have lowered their valuation from £55m to around £46m but cash-strapped Arsenal are still struggling to raise the required funds having failed to attract serious offers for the likes of Matteo Guendouzi or Lucas Torreira.

It looked like we had left the door open for PSG to swoop in as L’Equipe reported late last week that the Ligue 1 champions had expressed their interest in signing Aouar from under Arsenal’s nose.

However, in a major boost, PSG sporting director Leonardo has ruled out making any late move for the 22-year-old despite describing Aouar as a ‘dream’ signing.  Leonardo is quoted by the Metro as saying on Friday night:

‘Aouar it’s a dream but it may not be the right time,’

In a double boost for Arsenal, Zinedine Zidane has also dismissed reports suggesting that Real Madrid had made a late attempt to sign Aouar. Zidane is quoted as saying by the Metro:

‘I don’t know what information you have. He [Aouar] is a great player, without a doubt, I know, and maybe one day he will be able to play for Madrid, but now there is this squad and we are going to start with this.’

So it looks like PSG and Madrid have removed themselves from the running leaving Arsenal in pole position to sign Aouar and it appears our chances of getting a deal agreed have been handed another big boost.

Mikel Arteta Arsenal

TeamTalk are citing the paper version of today’s L’Equipe as reporting that Lyon have softened their stance and are now willing to let Aouar join Arsenal on an initial loan this summer.

The French outlet says Lyon will only sanction the loan if an obligation to buy clause is inserted into the deal which will force Arsenal to make the move permanent for a set price next year.

This type of arrangement should suit Arsenal perfectly as it will give us time to raise the funds needed to buy Aouar outright but also allow us to take the midfielder now to ensure the squad is strengthen for this season.

Let’s hope the L’Equipe report is accurate as Arsenal should be jumping at the chance to secure that deal. Lyon have already signed a possible replacement for Aouar after snapping up Lucas Paqueta from AC Milan so it does look like they’re preparing for his departure.

We’ll have to see how things progress over the weekend but let’s pray Arsenal manage to get this proposed deal over the line before the window shuts on Monday night.

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11 Comments

  1. David LUNGU

    October 4, 2020 at 4:31 am

    How will this deal happen when Lyon made it clear that no player will leave if NOT signed up by end of day on Friday? Of course everyone will be delighted should it happen

    • Pepemeyang

      October 4, 2020 at 7:47 am

      That was a negotiating tactic by the Lyon president. He always says things like that if he feels negotiations are stalling. He is probably also responsible for leaking stories about PSG and Real Madrid being interested.

  2. Othieno

    October 4, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Diawara and Matheus Parreira from Westbrom would be very affordable and yet very potent signings!

  3. Luthando Mvovo

    October 4, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Hey guys Thomas is Patrick Vieira l promise you, he is good as him and if Arsenal can sign him the glory days will be restored. He’s very intelligent like him and wow l really enjoy the way he plays. So if they want to restore their dignity Thomas Partey is the answer

    • Wils

      October 4, 2020 at 8:47 am

      Very true…Partey can take us forward

      • Jonathan mweni

        October 4, 2020 at 10:20 am

        All in all we have to wait and see if that deal will materialise

  4. Jae George

    October 4, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    I think I support the two signing under manager Arteta. But to be honest with you, Thomas could be the exact Patrick Vieira we once enjoy and missed with God on our side.

  5. Jae George

    October 4, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    I think I support the pending two signing under manager Arteta. But to be honest with you, Thomas could be the exact Patrick Vieira we once enjoy and missed with God on our side.

  6. Romeo Richard

    October 4, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    This edu should try and bring those two players if they really need some beautiful things this summer, this things of doing business all the time is not fulfilling the needs of arsenal fans around the world

  7. Kenny

    October 4, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Our slow processing has once again hindered us, we could have rubber stamp the 2 deals weeks ago but we blamed pandemic why smaller clubs are able to succeed in getting good players in.We have lost touch with reality.

  8. SALOM SHILONGO

    October 4, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    I believe in Houssem Aouar is a right player for Arsenal in this time

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