According to RMC Sport, Arsenal’s pursuit of Houssem Aouar looks set to end in disappointment with Lyon confirming this afternoon that the attacking midfielder will stay at the club this summer.
The Gunners have been trying to persuade the French side to part with the 22-year-old for a number of weeks but our offers have fallen well below their asking price around the €40 million mark. Juventus and Real Madrid are also said to have been sniffing around.
Breaking | Houssem Aouar & Memphis Depay are staying at Lyon, the club announces to RMC Sport. All negotiations off.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) October 3, 2020
The Gunners sold Emi Martinez to Aston Villa for £20 million and have been trying to offload a number of other players to raise funds but we’ve struggled on that front in recent weeks. Lucas Torreira will join Atletico Madrid on loan but buyers for Matteo Guendouzi, Sokratis and a few others have not been forthcoming.
With no movement in the pursuit of Thomas Partey, our other main target, there’s a real chance our midfield could end up weaker rather than stronger having made it a priority area for reinforcements.
The transfer window for business with foreign clubs closes at 11pm on Monday so there is still a bit of time to make signings. Lyon, who also have several clubs interested in Memphis Depay, could be posturing, who knows? But it does sound like they are keen to put the saga behind them.